Four women were able to escape unharmed before a fire completely destroyed their Blaine home, according to the Nyle Zikmund, chief of the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department.
Zikmund said the fire department’s preliminary investigation shows that “improperly discarded smoking materials” likely caused the fire. By the time Blaine police officers and volunteer firefighters arrived, within three minutes of receiving the call 12:18 a.m. Thursday morning, Dec. 19, flames were shooting through the roof of the home located in the 2400 block of 120th Lane Northeast, Zikmund said.
Because the fire had already spread to the attic, firefighters could not go on the roof or inside the home because of the danger of the roof collapsing. The department’s ladder truck was able to provide more water pressure to be able to put out the fire, but it took longer to put it out than if firefighters could have gone inside. Zikmund said firefighters were on the scene until around 5 a.m.
Zikmund said the house “will absolutely be bulldozed,” and the department contacted the Red Cross to assist the four women who lived at the home.
The home is at the end of a block, so it had a home only on one side of it, which Zikmund said was not damaged because the flames and heat went straight up and not out the side of the home.
Zikmund noted the four women were able to escape safely because their working smoke detectors alerted them of the fire.
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