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House fire kills one, injures another

January 15, 2012
by Sam Jefson, Register Staff Writer
A house fire Wednesday evening has killed one Blue Earth woman and caused a Blue Earth man to suffer severe burns to his body, authorities say.

According to a report from the Faribault County Sheriff’s office, Susan Jean Domek, 57, died due to complications from injuries sustained in a house fire after being transferred to the United Hospital District of Blue Earth.

Dennis Paul Spencer, 57, was the only other occupant of the residence and was taken to UHD hospital Blue Earth. He was later air lifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of severe burns to his body. The majority of the burns sustained by Spencer were to his upper torso.

According to the report, authorities from the Faribault County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 7:47 p.m. regarding a house fire at 505 East 21st St. in Blue Earth.

When authorities arrived on scene, Domek was found by the Blue Earth Fire Department unresponsive on the floor in a back bedroom of the blazing residence. Domek was carried out of the house to a UHD ambulance where resuscitation efforts began.

Spencer was able to make it out of the residence on his own.

Both Domek and Spencer lived at the address on the south edge of the city.

Blue Earth Fire Chief Roger Davis says members of the Blue Earth Fire Department were on scene for three hours after the incident.

Assisting the Blue Earth Fire Department were the Blue Earth Ambulance, Winnebago Fire Department, Winnebago Ambulance Service, Blue Earth Police and the Faribault County Sheriff’s office.

The initial investigation indicates that the cause of the fire may have originated from a wood stove in the basement of the house.

A representative from the Minnesota State Fire Marshals Office began an investigation surrounding the house fire Thursday morning. Other parties involved in the investigation include the Blue Earth Fire Department, the Faribault County Sheriff’s Department and the Blue Earth Police Department.

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