Fire destroys Saginaw home, Hwy 2 closed temporarily

By KBJR News 1

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 11:27 PM CDT

Saginaw, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Highway 2 in Saginaw was shut down temporarily Monday night so fire fighters could bring in more water to a put out a house on fire.

The home is considered a total loss and authorities say nobody was injured.

It’s believed the blaze was started by a family member attempting to thaw frozen pipes in the house due to recent sub-zero temperatures.

This area of Saginaw does not have fire hydrants. As a result, water had to be hauled to the scene in trucks and taken from a nearby lake and river.

"This is typical for rural fire departments to draw water out of whatever source we can find, whether it be a river or dry hydrant on a pit like this,” Warren LaPlante, a Grand Lake Firefighter said. “We just don't have the infrastructure for hydrants out here.”

Firefighters from eight surrounding fire departments were helped to battle the flames.

The home is located on the 8100 Block of Highway 2 in Brevator Township. It started just before 4:00 p.m.

Photojournalist: Julie Kruse
Written by: Jennifer Walch
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