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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Jen Longaecker  651-403-1007
jennifer.longaecker@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 05, 2013
One Body Recovered at Rural Lucan House Fire
1 Child Still Unaccounted for; Injured Firefighter Hospitalized in Mankato
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The remains of one child have been recovered at the scene of Wednesday’s house fire in rural Lucan, Minn. One child is still missing.  
 
The remains were discovered late Wednesday evening. The names and ages of the victims will be released once positive identification is made by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.
 
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division continues to investigate the fire at the request of the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office. A cause has not yet been determined. Three SFMD investigators are on scene.  
 
The blaze was reported by the homeowners at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday. The two-story single family farmhouse — located in the 20000 block of 250th Street — was fully engulfed when the Lucan Fire Department arrived.  Two adults and several children were able to escape the residence without injury.
 
Vesta Fire Department firefighter Neil Hansen was injured Wednesday on scene when he slipped and was run over by a tanker truck. He is currently hospitalized in Mankato. Hansen has been with the Vesta Fire Department for one year.
 
Firefighters from Wabasso, Seaforth, Wanda, Vesta, Belview, Walnut Grove and Milroy, along with the Minnesota State Patrol, are assisting.
 
About the Minnesota Department of Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.
 
About the State Fire Marshal Division
The mission of the State Fire Marshal Division is to protect lives and property by fostering a fire-safe environment through fire/arson investigation, code development and enforcement, regulation, data collection and public education. Data collected by the State Fire Marshal Division from fire departments statewide is analyzed and used to determine the best methods of public education and enforcement to improve fire safety in our state.
 
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