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Edina Man Risks Life To Save Animals From Fire


Shed Fire north of Edina at the 3-mile corner on Hwy 15 Thursday afternoon, November 15, 2012.

The Edina Fire Department was called to a shed on fire at the Parrish residence north of Edina at the 3-mile corner on Highway 15 at 1:10 p.m. November 15, 2012.  

According to Assistant Chief Tom Morgret the department arrived to a fully engulfed sturcture and a property owner working to get his dogs out of the burning building.

“The first truck had to cool the house down. The fire was burning so hot it was melting the siding,” said Morgret. “Of course the propane tank was hotter than a devil too so they had to get both cooled down.” 

Besides worrying about the nearby residence, propane tank, and animal rescue effort fire fighters had to work around a live power line, which looked like it detached from the burning building and was sparking on the ground about 15 feet from the structure.

“We were worried about it falling off the pole and hitting the propane tank,” said Morgret. “If that tank would have gone we would’ve had a real mess.” 

The Baring Volunteer Fire Department also assisted on the scene. They were called in when the water supply began to run low.

“They helped us out a lot,” said Morgret. “They saved us a lot of running.” 

The Knox County Ambulance District also assisted. The owner of the building risked his life to save the dogs he had in the building.

“They wanted the ambulance there because Ty was going in and out to get the dogs out,” said Morgret. “I don’t know how many dogs he lost, but he saved as many as he could.”

The cause of the fire is unknown, though Morgret says it is most likely electrical.