Three adults and one child suffer injuries in Clinton Township house fire

By KBJR News 1

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 8:54 AM CDT

Clinton Township, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Three adults are being treated for burn wounds and a child suffered frostbite after a house fire in Clinton Township, Minn., this morning.

Fire burned a home down to the foundation in Clinton Township early Thursday morning.
Three adults and a child were transported by private vehicle to the Essentia Health Hospital in Virginia. Family members told Red Cross Officials that the fire was discovered by the seven year old daughter of a man living in the home.

" [she] warned everybody else, her dad wrapped her up in a sleeping bag and got her outside, went in to find his dad and dogs and they jumped out a window." Said Diane Dunder, a volunteer with the Red Cross.

The daughter suffered some frostbite on her feet, but is now safe with her mother. The grandfather still remains in the hospital, while the other adults were released.
Firefighters say it was difficult to fight the fire at the two-story home due to a lack of water and cold temperatures.

"The challenge obviously with the cold weather right now, freezing lights coming in and we had quite the run getting into the fire, getting a water spot established these roads are tough sometimes." Said Captain Chad Greenly of the Clinton Township Fire Department.

Red Cross officials are assisting the displaced family.

"We'll help try to find them a place to stay. Maybe a motel for a short period of time, Give them referrals to other agencies that may be able to help them out and give them money for food and clothing." Said Dunder.

The Red Cross also says they have had a lot of fires to assist with this winter with this one being the third in just this week.

The home burned has been deemed a total loss.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
An account for donations to help the family has been set up at the First National Bank of Buhl.

Bryce Henry
bhenry@kbjr.com

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