Crews respond to rural fire near Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – A family will need a new place to stay after half of their house was destroyed in a fire this morning.

Firefighters from Elgin and Rochester responded at 7 o’clock this morning and rushed to contain the fire on the 5,000 block of 48th Street NE.

Two adults and two children were inside, none were injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believed by fire crews and the homeowner that it started on the outside of the house where the chimney for the wood burning stove is located.

The house is northeast of Rochester in a rural area on a dirt road, so tankers were brought in to combat the fire.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies also responded along with Gold Cross ambulance.

“They had started the stove last night for the first time,” said Elgin Fire Chief Craig Ziebell.  It ran all night, and this morning, when they were leaving to go to work, she noticed smoke outside the house.”

Part of the roof collapsed from the flames.

Firefighters extinguished most of the fire and began to mop up around nine this morning.

With the temperatures dropping, residents are reminded to keep items away from heat sources and to keep chimneys clean and cleared.

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