Fire at Duluth Home Sends Man to Hospital

By KBJR News 1

January 12, 2013 Updated Jan 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A man was sent to the hospital Saturday night after a home in Duluth caught fire.

Fire officials say they received a call around 7:30 p.m. of a possible structure fire along 64th Avenue West in Duluth.

Fire crews battled flames in the basement of the home. The two occupants, a man and a woman, were home at the time of the fire, however were able to evacuate.

The man was transported to a Duluth area hospital after he collapsed onto the ground. Officials say he was having problems breathing.

Fire crews say they are investigating the cause of the fire, however they believe that it started near the wood burning stove.

Assistant Fire Chief Erik Simonson says this serves as a good fire safety reminder when residents are trying to heat their homes.

"Make sure that you keep combustibles away from your heating appliances and make sure your chimney is clean and, of course, always make sure smoke detectors are in working condition," said Simonson.

Written for the web by Jennifer Austin.