One injured in Monday night fire that destroyed a rural Spicer, Minn., home
SPICER - One man was seriously injured last night in a fire that destroyed a rural Spicer home. Two other occupants escaped by jumping out of a second story window.
The fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. at 4317 133 Ave. NE, on the west side of Nest Lake.
Fueled by strong southerly winds that gusted to 25-30 mph, the house was engulfed in flames by the time crews arrived, according to Spicer Fire Chief Mike Holme.
"The whole house is a loss," he said.
The blaze is under investigation by the state fire marshal. Foul play is not suspected.
Holme said the homeowner and his girlfriend were in the upstairs loft of the house when they smelled smoke. Thinking it was a campfire next door, they closed the windows.
When the smell persisted they opened the upstairs bedroom door and a "big flash of flames" erupted, said Holme, adding that the entire main floor of the house was engulfed.
The homeowner lowered his girlfriend out the window, who dropped about 10 feet to the ground. The man then "shimmied" out the window to the ground where he saw his elderly roommate on the deck with severe burns to his arms, hands and face, said Holme.
The man was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.
A dog died in the blaze.
The Spicer Fire Department, New London Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Spicer First Responders and Willmar Ambulance responded to the fire.
Crews were on the scene for about three hours.