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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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Jen Longaecker  651-201-7570
jennifer.longaecker@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 05, 2013
Two Children Unaccounted For Following Redwood County Fire
Firefighter Injured; Cause Still Under Investigation
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two children are still unaccounted for following a residential blaze Wednesday afternoon in rural Lucan, a small town about 22 miles east of Marshall.
 
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division is investigating the fire at the request of the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department. Firefighters from multiple agencies are still on scene at the fire, which was reported by the homeowners at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday. The two-story single family farmhouse was fully engulfed when the Lucan Fire Department arrived. 
 
Two adults and several children were able to escape the residence without injury.
 
A Vesta Fire Department firefighter slipped on the ice and was injured on scene. He was taken to Redwood County Hospital in Redwood Falls. His condition is unknown and his identity is being withheld pending notification of his family.
 
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 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 Minnesota Department of Public Safety 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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