Nowthen house fire sends two to the hospital

Two Nowthen residents were hospitalized following a house fire Tuesday morning (Sept. 25) in Nowthen.

The fire happened at 6:25 a.m. on the 19500 block of Nowthen Boulevard.

A passerby spotted the fire before firefighters arrived on the scene and pulled a woman from the burning home.

The woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns. The passerby was taken to Mercy Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

According to Ramsey/Nowthen Fire Chief Dean Kapler, the fire heavily damaged the main floor of the building, which has lathe and plaster construction.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation; however, Kapler said it started on the first floor of the home.

Mutual aid was provided by the Andover, Oak Grove and St. Francis fire departments.

Tuesday’s fire was the third fire in two days in northern Anoka County.

Kapler said firefighters were called to 23301 Xenon St. in Nowthen Monday afternoon (Sept. 24) after a pole barn caught fire.

According to Kapler, the fire started in an excavator that was half in and half out of the pole barn.

The fire spread to the nearby grassy area and burned some five or six acres of grassland.

While firefighters were on the scene in Nowthen, a grass fire was reported on Tamarack Street in St. Francis.

Kapler, who serves as St. Francis’ interim fire chief, said the St. Francis grass fire spread to a nearby pole building.

“It just explosive right now,” Kapler said about the dry conditions.

Kelly Johnson is at [email protected]

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