Investigation underway into Freeborn County house fire

Officials say there was no gas or electrical service to the home.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 3:09 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2019 8:25 AM

ALBERT LEA, Minn. – An investigation is underway into what caused a fire at an unoccupied rural home with no gas or electric service.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call just after 11 pm Thursday about a light on in a garage at an empty home in the 71000 block of County Road 46. Deputies arrived to see there was a fire in the garage, which spread to the home, and the Conger Fire Department was called in.

Fire departments from Alden, Manchester, Clark’s Grove, and Albert Lea were eventually summoned to help contain the blaze and the Mayo Clinic Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

There were no fire hydrants in the area so fire crews had to set up a foldable water tank to supply their hoses.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted to assist with the investigation into the cause of this fire.

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