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Three fires hit three communities

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 13th, 2010

Home and garage at 610 S. Crescent Street, Flandreau, damaged in a Saturday evening fire. (Enterprise photo by Ryan Woodard)

Three different Moody County residences were affected by fires last week.

The blazes occurred in Colman, Ward and Flandreau.

Ward Fire

The first was in Ward, where a double-wide trailer house just east of town caught fire Friday morning, according to Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jud Krull.

Krull said firefighters were called to the scene about 9:30 a.m. after a passerby noticed flames coming out of the structure’s roof.

“When we got there, there were flames coming out of the roof and two rooms were fully engulfed,” Krull said.

The shell of the house is still standing but everything inside was destroyed, according to Krull.

He said the fire was caused by a bathroom exhaust fan.

The Elkton and Flandreau volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze. Krull said the departments’ response times were quick, and that firefighters were able to save more of the house than is typical in similar situations.

The residents of the house were not home at the time, he said. They will be staying in another location.

Colman Fire

Meanwhile, crews were called to 407 South Florence St. in Colman at about 5:40 a.m. Saturday morning. A fire had started in a bedroom at the residence of Terry and Bev Jenner, who live at the house with their son, Eric.

The blaze started in Eric’s room, his mother said.

“He woke up and it was just real smoky in his room.”

He was able to get out of his room and the house, but not until after suffering burns on his knee and hands.

Bev Jenner said her son suffered first- and second-degree burns but is OK.

The family lost many possessions, but the Jenners are relieved that things didn’t turn out worse.

“We could have been planning a funeral instead,” she said. “Everything else is replaceable.”

She said the family hopes to rebuild, but that will depend on their insurance.

Friends and neighbors have been very helpful to the Jenners by bringing over food and offering other assistance, she said. The family is currently living in a rental near their own home.

The fire was contained to the upstairs bedroom and attic, but the house suffered significant smoke and water damage and structural damage, said Colman Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bruce Cramer.

The Jenners are working this week on cleaning up the mess.

“Basically the front part of the house is just trashed,” said Bev Jenner. “Eric’s room is completely gone. It all smells like smoke.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Flandreau Fire

The third fire occurred in Flandreau Saturday night. Krull said the Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department responded to 610 South Crescent St. at about 10 p.m.

A fire was ignited in the garage after one of the residents started a pickup inside the structure, according to Krull. He said the fire ignited a gas can near the pickup and the whole front of the garage went up in flames.

A member of Krull’s crew was able to get the other car parked in the garage out, but the pickup and garage were significantly damaged. The fire also melted some of the siding on the house.

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