by Jim Boyle
Fire has destroyed another Elk River home.
The Elk River Fire Department was called at 7:33 a.m. Thursday to the fire at 421 Rush Ave. They arrived to find heavy fire shooting out of an upstairs bedroom window. It was unclear if anyone was still in the home.
“We made a very aggressive interior attack and searched as best we could,” said Elk River Fire Chief John Cunningham. “We didn’t find anyone initially. We did have to back out on multiple occasions given the extreme heat.”
Elk River firefighters didn’t find anyone, and it was later discovered that everyone had made it out of the house safely. Two firefighters, however, suffered minor burns. One burned his hand and the other burned an ear.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Elk River Fire Department, with the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
The building, which may not have been completely destroyed, was deemed unsafe for occupancy.
The person who called the fire in was one of the residents who lived at the home. Cunningham said multiple occupants live at the home but exactly how many were there prior to the fire is unknown.
Big Lake Fire assisted at the scene, and the Zimmerman-Livonia Fire Department responded for Fire Station 1 to be on standby.
The house fire was the seventh structure fire of the year for the Elk River Fire Department.