Records published Oct. 2, 2019


Spicer woman escapes burning home

SPICER — A Spicer woman escaped her burning home early Tuesday morning after being awakened by a smoke detector.

The woman was not injured and the fire was contained to the basement, where the fire apparently started.

The fire was reported at 5:12 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Lake Avenue North when the lone occupant of the house woke up to the sound of her smoke detector, saw smoke and fire in the basement and called 911, said Tige Sluka, assistant fire chief with the Spicer Fire Department.

When fire crews arrived a few minutes later, they saw smoke coming out of the house and flames in the basement.

“There was a lot of smoke when we got there,” he said.


According to Sluka, firefighters knocked down the flames but he said 90 percent of the fire was put out by a three-quarter-inch plastic water line that melted in the fire and began spraying water in the basement.

He said the melted water line worked “almost like a sprinkler system.”

Without the broken water line, he said the house would have been engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived.

If the home had not been equipped with a working smoke detector, the fate of the woman could have also been different. “That definitely saved her,” Sluka said.

He said this incident should serve as a good reminder for everyone to check the batteries in their smoke detectors.

The Fire Marshal was called to the scene to investigate, but Sluka said the fire may have been caused by an electrical appliance.

Fire damage was contained to the basement and there was smoke damage in the rest of the home, which Sluka said is currently uninhabitable

Fire crews were on the scene until around 7 a.m., he said.


Two pedestrians struck and injured in Redwood County

WABASSO — Two pedestrians were injured Tuesday morning after being struck by a vehicle in the Redwood County town of Wabasso.

The incident was reported at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday on state Highway 68.

According to the State Patrol, Moriah Marie Lokken, 32, and Jill Renee Wreath, 36, both of Marshall, were crossing a marked intersection when they were struck by a 2006 Chrysler 300, driven by Scott Joe Christensen, 25, of Wabasso, that was going west on Highway 68.

Lokken and Wreath were taken to Carris Health in Redwood Falls with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report.

Christensen, and a passenger in the vehicle, Bobby Joe Christensen, 27, of Wabasso, were not injured.

Road conditions were wet at the time of the accident. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, according to the report.

The Redwood County Sheriff's Office, Wabasso Fire Department, Wabasso Ambulance and North memorial Ambulance assisted at the scene.


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