Vacant house destroyed by fire


(11/8/2017)

by LAURA HAYES


A vacant home was destroyed in a fire early on Monday morning. 

According to Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude, deputies received a report of the fire on Highway 248 in Minnesota City at 2:11 a.m. According to Ganrude, firefighters said the second floor of the residence was on fire and by 2:17 a.m., the entire house was engulfed in flames. A witness who also lives on the property reportedly told deputies that he saw flames near the rear of the house. By 8 a.m., firefighters were called back to the house on the report that the fire had flared up. Ganrude said a Winona County investigator was at the residence until after 4 p.m. and the fire hadn’t reignited again. 

Fire officials still trying to determine the cause and nature of the fire, Ganrude said. He added that a fire marshal was out with deputies at the fire. “I have no information that I would classify as suspicious,” Ganrude said. 

The fire, he added, was more unusual. Ganrude explained that the house has been unoccupied for several days, and the past renters recently moved out. There was no one living in the house, he said. No one was inside the house or injured.

“It’s still under investigation,” Ganrude said.

 

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