A fire in Orwell Township, southwest of Fergus Falls, severely damaged a house and it is unlikely it can be adequately repaired. The fire took place late Thursday afternoon, Oct. 15.
Investigators, as of Oct. 16, from the Fergus Falls Fire Department and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office were working to determine the cause of the fire.
The Fergus Falls Fire Department was dispatched at 5:02 p.m. to a house. One occupant exited the home safely and a nearby farmer working in a field called 911.
The roof of the home had been consumed by fire when firefighters arrived and there was significant burning on the home’s second floor.
Fire crews attempted to extinguish the fire from the interior, but due to the rapid deterioration of the second floor, crews had to complete extinguishment from the exterior.
Crews gained control of the fire after about 30 minutes of arrival. However, it was necessary to spend three hours on scene extinguishing hot spots.
Assisting at the scene of the fire were sheriff's deputies, Lake Region Electric Cooperative crews, Ringdahl EMS and the Elizabeth and Foxhome Fire Departments.
The Fergus Falls Fire Department responded with 12 firefighters.