Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Police tape sealed off this property on East Main Street in Blooming Prairie early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day. The Blooming Prairie Fire Department was summoned to a residence just east of Blooming Prairie at 3:30 a.m. The home owner, Kenneth Zylstra, was not home at the time. The hayfield Fire Department helped put out the fire.

Hayfield Fire Department responds to New Years Day House Fire

Man fighting cancer now has no home

The Hayfield Fire Departmenresponded to a house fire in Blooming Prairie on New Years Day.

As a result of the fire a man facing several medical problems is now staring at another challenge finding a new place to live.

Ken Zylstra of Blooming Prairie has lost everything after firswept through his residence early on New Years Day. Twenty-fouBlooming Prairie firefighters, assisted by firemen from Ellendale and Hayfield, fought the blaze on East Main Street near Arkema.

The two-story house 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 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.

Zylstra has been fighting colon and liver cancer, which has left him with medical bills and time away from his job. He is a truck driver.

A gofundme campaign has been started to assist Zylstra with getting back on his feet. As of Sunday night$1,910 had been raised of the $10,000


According to the gofundme posting, Zylstra had no home insurance because he couldnt afford it after battling the medical issues. He lost everything, the posting read. Ken is such a happy, loving, giving person who never hesitates to help others. Lets reach out in this new year and help him through this difficult time.

The funds raised will go to help Zylstra with costs of clean up, clothes, food and housing.

Anything will help, its going tbe a tough few months ahead foKen, the gofundme posting said. Anyone interested in contributinto help Zylstra can do so by reaching out to zylstra-house-fire.

In addition to the BP Fire Department and the department from Ellendale and Hayfield, the Blooming Prairie Ambulance Service, Steele County Sheriffs Office and the Blooming Prairie Police Department were on the


The State Fire Marshal iinvestigating the blaze.


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Steele County Times
411 E. Main St.
P.O. Box 247
Blooming Prairie, MN 55917

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Kasson, MN 55944

Dodge County Printing
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