419 41st Street East, Hibbing, MN
February 19th, 2023
HIBBING-On the night of Sunday, February 19th, the Hibbing Fire Dept, Keewatin Fire Dept, Chisholm Fire Dept and Virginia Fire Dept were dispatched to a single-family home for the report of fire coming out of the attic. A passerby saw flames coming from the eves located in the front of the house. The civilian called 911 and woke up the occupants, allowing them to evacuate the house safely. These heroic actions saved the lives of the two occupants and their dog.
The first arriving unit found smoke and fire showing and declared a working structure fire. Fire crews were able to put water on the fire from the exterior while transitioning to an offensive tactic to attack the fire from inside the structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and was contained to the attic.
There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. With the location of the fire being in the attic, damages are increased due to water runoff into the entire home. Total damages are estimated around $85,000. The cause is believed to be electrical but is still under investigation by the Hibbing Fire Prevention Bureau.
Thank you to the civilian passerby for the selfless act of alerting the occupants and to the neighbor for taking care the occupants through this tragic time in their lives. This is what community is all about.
As always, thank you to our mutual aid partners for your endless support and teamwork anytime we need it.
Media Inquiries Contact
Rossi Gangl - Fire Marshal/PIO