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Emmet County residents face losses in two fires

By Staff | Dec 28, 2020

GRUVER- A barn fire just east of Gruver reportedly claimed the lives of two horses early Sunday morning.

According to Wallingford Fire Chief Jarrod Fisher, the Wallingford Department assisted the Gruver Fire Department on an outbuilding fire east of Gruver on Highway 9.

The Estherville Fire Department and Emmet County Sheriff’s Department also assisted at the scene.

RINGSTED — No injuries were reported in a house fire Christmas morning near Ringsted.

According to Emmet County Emergency Management, at 2:25 a.m., the Ringsted Fire Department was dispatched to a single dwelling residential home at 2049 530th Ave. Ty and Bailey Anderson and their two small children made it out safely and took cover at a neighbor’s home. The house sustained major damage, but no injuries were reported.

Derek Anderson, father to Ty, lives just down the road, discovered the fire. He said Ty had called him to help with an electrical issue. As Derek was getting ready, he saw the fire and the family was able to escape.

“We think it was electrical in the attic, but we don’t know for sure,” Derek said on Sunday.

Derek said a few items were salvaged and they were able to get a pickup out of the garage.

“We have a long ways to go,” he said.

The Armstrong Fire Department, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office and Emmet County Emergency Management assisted at the scene.

“We thank everyone who came to help,” Derek said. “We had a couple neighbors try to get some things out. We appreciate the firefighters for getting here quickly and doing their job.”

Red Cross was called and is assisting the family.