State fire marshal investigates cause of fire that burned while severe weather sirens wailed
by Bob Grawey
A state fire marshal and a private fire investigator were still sifting through the charred remains of a Hassan Township residence Thursday, after a fire claimed the life of a 19-year-old man and sent Pamela Ann Adams, 46, to the hospital with burns and lacerations.
Fire broke out in the home at 24355 141st Ave. in Hassan around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21.
By the time the first Rogers firefighters reached the scene, the structure was already consumed in fire, according to Rogers Fire Chief Brad Feist.
“When the first fire truck arrived,” Feist says, “the house was already engulfed in flames. Fire and smoke was coming out all the home’s windows.”
Dayton and St. Michael/Albertville fire departments responded to the deadly fire as well, while the Osseo Fire Department stood by at one of the Rogers fire stations if needed.
The last fire truck left the scene at 3:30 a.m., leaving behind a cold, charred puzzle of how this fire started and where it began.
Feist says severe weather sirens were going off at the time of the fire, accompanied by heavy rain, lightning and thunder.
It remains to be seen, though, if weather was a factor in the blaze.
Feist says the fire marshal will need to interview Adams, who is in Hennepin County Medical Center’s burn unit, to get information possible leading to the cause of the fire.
The name of the 19-year-old victim has not been released. Pamela Adams is in satisfactory condition, according to a hospital spokesperson.