Tuesday, September 25, 2007

House Fire Seriously Injured Four

A house fire early last Friday morning, September 21, as left four people hospitalized, including three seriously and connected to breathing tubes, said United Fire and Rescue Department Baldwin Station Chief Gary Newton.

Newton said the fire call came in from a neighbor lady of the home at 42 230th Avenue at about 1:22 a.m. Newton said the older, but apparently remodeled two story home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Newton said that neighbors had helped get the four people out. Apparently the four were a husband and wife and two children of the wife, a son who attended Spring Valley High School and a daughter who had recently graduated. He did not know the names of members of the family.

Newton said firefighters remained on the scene until 5:30 p.m. Friday when the State Fire Marshal arrived to investigate the cause of the blaze. The house was a total loss, said Newton, with floors collapsed inside.

The Red Cross is assisting family members, Newton said, including a son who is serving overseas with the U.S. military to return home.

Newton said United Rescue was assisted with mutual aid from the Spring Valley Fire Department.