Fire forces women, children onto roof before explosion

Fire forces women, children onto roof before explosion
The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday a fire in New Auburn forced two women and two children onto the roof of a house before an explosion occurred. (Source: Pixabay)

NEW AUBURN, Minn. (KEYC) — The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday a fire in New Auburn forced two women and two children onto the roof of a structure before an explosion occurred.

In a news release, officials say they responded to 7488 7th Avenue in New Auburn regarding a report of a fire on July 28. The structure was a multiple unit housing structure with three apartments.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find an active fire in two of the apartments, that were both occupied at the time, and two adult women and two children, who were on the roof of the structure, that needed assistance in evacuating the upstairs apartment.

The sheriff’s office says that a short time after the women and children were removed from the roof, a burst of fire, or explosion, came from the second story of the structure. The explosion caused power lines to be thrown from the building. The structure became fully engulfed in flames shortly after the explosion.

Officials say nobody was seriously injured from the incident.

The sheriff’s office identified the occupants of the two apartments as 33-year-old Natisha Stanley, 32-year-old Cordareo Jones, 29-year-old Tommie Williams Jr., 54-year-old Laura Olson Neely, 28-year-old Alexis Lockhart, and five children who are 15, 12, 8, 3 and 1 years old.

The Red Cross was contacted and information was provided to both occupants of the apartments for emergency assistance.

The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the New Auburn Fire Department, Gaylord Fire Department, Arlington Fire Department, Winthrop Fire Department, Glencoe Fire Department, Gaylord Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Minnesota State Fire Marshals.

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