WACOUTA — A fire on Lakeview Drive in the unincorporated town of Wacouta left a family without a home and kept firefighters busy on a frigid night.
At 11:34 p.m. Saturday, Red Wing Fire Department crews were dispatched to a structure fire on Lakeview Drive in Wacouta, which is about 5 miles south of the city Crews arrived on the scene about 14 minutes later to find heavy fire coming from the roof of a three-story residence, according to a statement from the Red Wing Fire Department.
All occupants of the house had safely exited, and none were injured.
However, the outdoor temperature was minus-17. Crews encountered significant difficulties extinguishing the fire due to the extreme outside air temperature of 17 degrees below zero. Neighbors had opened their homes to keep individuals warm, including firefighters needing a break because the fire was not put out until about 2 a.m. Sunday, and crews remained on the scene until after 9 a.m. making sure the fire was completely extinguished, according to the statement.
A statement from Lake City Fire Department's Facebook page read, "We also would like to thank the neighbor who generously opened up part of their home for crews to use as a rehab space. All crews were thankful to have a space to rest and regroup safe from the elements."
Two firefighters received minor injuries which did not require hospital evaluation. The fire caused extensive damage to the home which is left uninhabitable. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Red Wing Fire Chief Mike Warner.
The Red Wing Fire Department responded with two fire engines, two ambulances, one ladder truck, two chief officers, one tender and one utility truck. Fire departments from Goodhue, Lake City, Ellsworth, Miesville, Cannon Falls, Zumbrota, and Ellsworth Ambulance assisted on the scene and by providing station coverage.
Red Wing Public Works, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Goodhue County Dispatch and Xcel Energy also assisted.