Fire damages Hibbing home

By KBJR News 1

February 7, 2014 Updated Feb 7, 2014 at 6:58 PM CDT

Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A fire Tuesday morning at a home in Hibbing has left its residents wondering if they will be able to salvage what is left of their house.

According to the Hibbing Fire Department, crews were called Tuesday morning to heavy smoke and flames coming from the front half of a home off O'Rourke Road.

The couple who lived at the home made it out safely.

Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the home's front section.

Hibbing Fire Marshal, Bryan Fagerstrom, says the frigid temperatures keep the safety of house fire victims at the forefront of his crew's mind.

"Even if they [the victims] are out of the house, of course we have the elements to deal with here. So making sure we get them into a vehicle or another home to be able to stay warm," said Fagerstrom, "Our second concern, of course, is for our firefighters dealing with these frigid temperatures."

Fagerstrom says the fire was accidental in nature. He says while the exact cause of the fire is undetermined, evidence points to the failure of an old electric heating pad left on the couch, which is where the fire started.

Fagerstrom says the fire department wants to remind people to unplug electric appliances when not in use to reduce the risk of fires.