A Le Sueur firefighter was injured battling a house fire Friday morning. The fire apparently started at just after 5am. Authorities say that the residents were asleep when the fire broke out, but a passerby noticed the flames and woke them up. The couple were able to escape the home safely, along with their pets, but a firefighter was injured when the home’s roof collapsed on top of him. He will reportedly be OK. The home is being considered a total loss, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A fire destroyed a home in Belle Plaine Friday morning, and the family dog is being credited with possibly saving the lives of the 4 residents. Dave Menke says that he was woken up by his red lab ‘Diesel’ barking loudly, and he then heard a popping sound in his garage. Menke and his wife and two daughters were initially unable to find the source of the noise, but soon noticed smoke and flames coming from the garage. Belle Plaine firefighters were called at around 5:15am, but when they arrived at the home on Shea Circle the fire had already jumped from the garage to the house, and crews from Jordan, Shakopee, New Prague and the Mdewankanton Sioux Community were called for assistance. Some of the contents of the home were salvaged, but the structure itself appears to be a total loss. Officials believe that a battery charger may have caused the blaze, but the incident remains under investigation.