Wednesday night fire destroys home of Emerado, N.D., family of sixA fire broke out in a house in Emerado, N.D., around 6 p.m. and ended up destroying the home of a family of six.
By: Stephen J. Lee, Grand Forks Herald
A fire broke out in a house in Emerado, N.D., around 6 p.m. and ended up destroying the home of a family of six.
“I don’t think it will be livable,” said Marvin Jensen, chief of the volunteer fire department.
The man and woman and their four young children were home when the fire broke out and all got out safely.
“Nobody got hurt,” Jensen said. “All the animals survived, too. They had a seven-foot boa constrictor and two rats in there.”
Seven firefighters from his department responded to the call just before 6 p.m. today, and Jensen asked for help from the Larimore fire department, which sent seven firefighters and a tanker truck.
“When we rolled up, there was smoke rolling out of the roof,” Jensen said.
“We had it knocked down in 45 minutes to an hour, but then had a little bit of a fire start up in the crawl space on the second floor.”
By 9 p.m., his crew was back at the fire house with the equipment cleaned up.
Although some items in the home were damaged by smoke, most of the family’s personal property should be salvageable, Jensen said.
It appeared the fire started near the entrance where electrical wiring enters the house, Jensen said.
Police Chief Tim Gillespie said the house is owned by Rick McDonald of Larimore, N.D.
The American Red Cross provided shelter and other help for the family,
A state fire marshal plans to investigate the fire Thursday.
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