House fire near Miltona displaces family Saturday night, Nov. 19

“We attacked it vigorously and we were able to save the structure,” said Miltona Fire Chief Jake Steidl.

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MILTONA — The Miltona Fire Department battled a structure fire on the edge of the city Saturday night, Nov. 19.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 5161 County Road 14 NE at about 7:45 p.m.

When they arrived, there was an active fire in the home, according to Miltona Fire Chief Jake Steidl. “We attacked it vigorously and we were able to save the structure,” he said.

The fire department called the Parkers Prairie Fire Department for more crews. About 25 firefighters were on the scene for about two and a half hours.

No one was injured, Steidl said, adding that the family did lose a pet dog. The Red Cross helped the family that was displaced, he said.


The house sustained moderate damage, including significant smoke damage.

A preliminary investigation indicates that something electrical may have started the fire but it is still under investigation by the state fire marshal and an insurance company, according to Steidl.

Because temperatures were well below freezing, the firefighters faced the challenges of water from hoses freezing and creating slippery patches of ice, just as they do anytime there’s a fire in the winter, Steidl said.

Steidl thanked law enforcement for their help and cooperation during the fire.

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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