Two-alarm fire claims rural Brooten home
While no loss of life has been reported, a two-alarm fire north of Brooten on Sunday, October 15 claimed a rural Brooten home. The fire call went out around 5 p.m., and both the Brooten and Elrosa fire departments responded along with the Glacial Ridge Ambulance service. By 6 p.m., the fire was out but the departments still had plenty of work to do putting out the smoke and any potential flare-ups.
A full story will be posted on Monday morning, October 16, following the release of the Stearns County sheriff's department report.
*Update on Monday morning: as of 09:00, no report has been released. The house that burned down was occupied by Dick Imdieke, but the Voice cannot confirm who was in the house at the time of the fire. More details TBA at a later time.
*Update with the police report: at approximately 5:08 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call on a structure fire four-and-a-half miles north of Brooten on County Road 18 in North Fork Township. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office was dispatched along with the Brooten Fire Department.
Upon arriving responding units found the structure to be fully engulfed. Deputies made contact with the resident, Dick Imdieke, 80, of Brooten. Imdieke had significant burns to his hands and head. Imdieke told deputies that he smelled gas when he returned home and he began cooking supper. A short while later there was an explosion. Imdieke was helped to a nearby residence by a neighbor who called 911. He was the only one in the residence at the time. Imdieke was transported to the Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood with non life threatening burns. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshall's Office. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office and Brooten Fire Department were assisted by Elrosa Fire Department, Glacial Ridge Ambulance of Brooten and Glenwood as well as the Minnesota State Fire Marshall.