ROCHESTER, Minn. – Flames heavily damaged one home Friday evening but firefighters managed to save another house just six feet away.
The Rochester Fire Department was called to 955 14th Avenue SW around 6:37 pm. They arrived to find flames coming out of the south and west sides of a single family home. By using a special foam and concentrating on the fire coming out of the windows, firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to a nearby duplex. The original house, however, suffered extensive fire and water damage.
Reportedly, there were two people in the home and one was heating oil on the stove. That person left the kitchen for a while and the oil ignited. When that person returned, the kitchen was completely on fire and the blaze was spreading through the rest of the single story structure.
Both people in the house were able to escape. The American Red Cross is helping the occupants find temporary housing.
No one was injured in this incident and Deputy Fire Chief Steve Belau says that’s fortunate, because the fire spread very quickly.
The Fire Department says it appears this was an accidental fire but an investigation will be conducted.