BREAKING NEWS: New Year’s Day fire burns house to the ground in BP
Twenty-four Blooming Prairie firefighters, assisted by firemen from Ellendale and Hayfield, fought a house fire in Blooming Prairie early New Year's Day.
The two-story house, located on East Main Street near Arkema, was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived at the scene after receiving a 911 call at 3:30 a.m.
Blooming Prairie Fire Chief Dean Naatz said the home, owned by Ken Zylstra, was totally destroyed. He was not at home at the time of the fire.
A home and a garage next door was also damaged to the sum of about $10,000, Chief Naatz said. Occupants of the home (names unavailable) were raised and removed from the house next door, Naatz reported.
A semi truck, parked on the Zylstra property, appeared to suffer no damage.
In addition to the BP Fire Department and the departments from Ellendale and Hayfield, the Blooming Prairie Ambulance Service, Steele County Sheriff's Department and the Blooming Prairie Police Department were on the scene.
The State Fire Marshal was at the scene and reportedly will return to the fire site later in the week.