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Garage fire

By Staff | Mar 1, 2015

An afternoon fire in Blue Earth completely destroyed a car and garage and caused heavy damage to the attached house as well.

Blue Earth Fire Department personnel were called to a car fire inside a garage at 638 S. Nicollet Street at approximately 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23.

The home’s occupant, Amy Tokle, was home at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed.

Blue Earth fire chief Roger Davis says the fire was pretty intense when the firemen arrived on the scene.

“We were able to knock the fire down very quickly,” Davis says. “We got the fire under control fairly fast.”

There was still a lot of damage, however, Davis adds, both in the garage and the room in the house next to the garage.

The car in the garage was totally destroyed in the fire, the chief says.

“It was pretty intense,” he adds. “The whole main level of the house sustained damage, from the heat and the smoke, even the rooms on the other side (of the house) away from the fire.”

A huge cloud of black smoke enveloped the entire Nicollet Street cul de sac block and reached several blocks away.

Davis says the Winnebago Fire Department was also assisting on the scene and arrived less than 10 minutes after the Blue Earth department did.

“We did receive a comment from the State Fire Marshall who was here, about how fast we were able to knock down the fire and get it extinguished,” Davis says. “The garage that was on fire was only a few feet away from the neighbor’s garage, which also had a vehicle in it, so we needed to work fast to keep it from spreading next door.”