Little Rock Fire Chief Joe Schilling says both the Little Rock and Ellsworth, Minnesota departments were paged about 4:30 Friday morning to the fire, which was about 6 miles north of Little Rock. It was actually in Little Rock’s fire district, but was in Minnesota at Edwards and 330th Street. He says no one was living in the home, but it was owned by Merrill Peters.
The chief says when they got there it was nearly burned down already and had been burning for a while. He says they protected the other buildings on the place while it burned and then foamed the embers so they wouldn’t re-ignite.
No cause has yet been determined, says Schilling, and any speculation on his part would be a guess at this point.
No one was injured and there was no livestock or pet loss. He says, however the house was totaled, along with some furniture that was stored in the home.
About 15,000 gallons of water were used to fight the fire and crews were there about two hours.
The Little Rock EMS Crew provided support to the fire crews from Little Rock and Ellsworth.