Neighbor helps couple escape Belle River fire
At 11:42 p.m. Tuesday night, multiple 911 calls came in for a house that was fully engulfed in flames near Carlos in Belle River Township at 10780 County Road 30 NE. The home belonged to Richard and Denise Klein, who were home at the time of the incident.
The Kleins said they were awakened by a smoke detector and their neighbor, Peter Woit, banging on the side of the house near their bedroom. The house had filled with smoke, but with the assistance of Woit they were able to make it outside. The couple and Woit were transported to Douglas County Hospital for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but preliminary information indicates a small electric heater may have been a contributing factor.
A vehicle and a four wheeler in the driveway on the north end of the house were also on fire upon arrival.
Carlos Fire Department, Miltona Fire Department, and North Ambulance of Alexandria responded to the fire. The West Central MN Chapter of the American Red Cross also provided assistance.