Three escape house fire in rural Gnesen Township

By KBJR News 1

Three escape house fire in rural Gnesen Township

April 10, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 6:00 AM CDT

Gnesen Township, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Three people escaped a house fire in rural Gnesen Township early Thursday morning.

Fire crews from multiple volunteer departments responded to the blaze at 4145 Normanna Road just before 3:00 a.m Thursday morning to fire and smoke coming from the attic.

When crews arrived the occupants had already been evacuated.

Officials say because of the remote location, crews had to rely on water tanks to extinguish the fire.

"There are no hydrants out here, in these rural departments, you got to shuttle water. So we put up the 2,000 gallon water tanks, then we shuttle water from the dry hydrants from the lakes and rivers that we can hook them to," said Chief Jeff Cooke, Normanna Fire Dept.

Crews were on scene until after five this morning. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but authorities believe it may be electrical related.

The Red Cross was called to assist the people displaced.

Jeremy Brickley