UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 3:20 P.M.An alert resident may have helped avert tragedy in the city’s second house fire of the week.
Fire crews responded to calls of a fire at 422 Seventh Ave. NW about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to scanner reports of a “fully engulfed” building emitting black smoke.
Smoke and flames were coming out of the front and south side of the home when crews arrived, according to a Faribault Fire Department press release. The occupants of the home were inside when the fire started, but escaped unharmed.
Corey Drengenberg was across the street at the Holiday station when he noticed a police officer blocking off the street. It was then he noticed the smoke coming from the house. But the time he cross Fourth Street NW, flames were coming from the windows.
“Quick thinking by an adult female on the first floor to alert a family member who was upstairs at the time to evacuate the home kept this fire from being a tragedy,” said Fire Chief Dustin Dienst.
Faribault Police and Fire departments collaborated to knock down visible flames in the front of the building. Multiple fire trucks responded to the scene.
Officers were seen knocking on doors of nearby homes to warn neighbors to evacuate given the severity of the blaze.
Fire crews spent a lot of time and effort tracking down and extinguishing hidden fires in the many voids that exist in the home. The home suffered extensive smoke, fire and water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
On Monday, a Sunshine Lane blaze, spotted by a firefighter, was sparked by discarded smoking materials, according to Faribault Fire Department officials. That home suffered extensive damage from fire, smoke and water.