ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Crews were called to a home at 5th Avenue and 11th Street Northwest just before 10:30 for a residential fire.
Rochester Fire and Police responded to flames that left a single car garage on the home a total loss. Neighbors say the the garage was completely consumed in flames, with fire coming out behind the garage and above the roof.
Five people were inside the home at the time. 4 adults, and one juvenile, however only one person actually lived there.
One man was brought by ambulance to St. Mary’s, where he is being treated for burns. The severity of the burns is not known.
Everyone else who was inside during the time of the flame, is reported to be safe. According to Rochester Police Sargent Steve Thompson, the situation could have been much worse.
“It could have been a lot worse the real killer in these fires is smoke inhalation, and if anyone inside had been overcome with the smoke, and had gone down, yes it could have been a lot worse so they were able to get our of the house quickly, and tragedy was averted,” Sgt. Thompson said.
Along with the garage, the breezeway which connects the garage to the home is also a total loss. There is also smoke damage inside the home.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.