Building destroyed, couple displaced after Blooming Prairie blaze

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. - A building that housed a bakery and was a home for a couple was destroyed Tuesday during a fire that took hours to contain.


KIMT photo - The aftermath of a fire Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in downtown Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

KIMT photo - Crews battle a fire Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in downtown Blooming Prairie, Minnesota.

The fire, at The Bakery on Main St. E., resulted in seven departments from many locations in southern Minnesota being called in to assist.

The blaze began in the basement of the building and worked its way through the multi-level structure. No cause has been determined.

The initial call was received at 6:10 a.m. Late Tuesday night, crews were called back due to the fire re-igniting. 

Watch: Drone video of fire. 

When crews arrived, they noticed smoke coming from the building, and upon entering, fire officials requested mutual aid.

Due to the intensity of the flames and unsafe conditions, firefighters were pulled out of the building for their safety. 

Sadie Burnett and Travis Marth, the couple that lived in the building, were displaced. They were not at home at the time of the fire. They lost everything they own in the blaze. The only personal items that survived are what they took with them to work Tuesday morning.

Click here to view a GoFundMe page to support the couple. They have housing situations lined up for the next few months. Burnett told KIMT over the phone that they currently have enough essential items such as clothing and toiletries, but aren't sure what else they will need until they move to their next housing situation. They don't have much room to store large items at the moment. They thank the Blooming Prairie and Albert Lea communities for their support and say they feel very "loved and valued."

No injuries were reported. 

Melissa Sorensen was emotional when she thinks about the loss.

"My sister told me about it,” Sorensen said. “She was in tears too. She and her daughter would get donuts there every Tuesday."

Fire crews Tuesday afternoon said the Blooming Prairie ladder truck, which was used during the blaze, pumps 2,000 gallons a minute. 

Fire departments from Blooming Prairie, Geneva, Hayfield, Ellendale, Owatonna, Claremont and Hollendale were all involved fighting the fire.  

KIMT News Three reached out to The Bakery owner Gregg Fristedt who declined to comment about the fire. 

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