Fire destroys Red Wing, Minn., home
Frozen hose nozzles and slippery conditions hampered firefighters' efforts Saturday as a Red Wing home was a total loss.
Red Wing Fire Department sent three engines shortly after midnight to 407 Green St. Arriving within four minutes of the call, firefighters and paramedics found the home engulfed but all occupants safely out.
Smoke billowed out of the basement and first floors of the two-story home, Capt. Scott Danielson said.
The names of the owners and occupants were not available this morning.
Firefighters discovered heavy fire conditions in the basement and the blaze quickly spread to the second floor. They worked to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings and homes rather than saving the home.
"This fire quickly turned into a defensive attack," Danielson said in a statement. "An aggressive interior attack in an unoccupied structure of balloon construction becomes too much of a risk when fire crews are met with this much fire load."
In addition to those hazards, firefighters encountered bitter cold. The temperature was a couple degrees above zero.
Firefighters remained on the scene until 6 a.m.
The State Marshall's Office and American Red Cross were notified. The cause is under investigation.