Fire at 4-plex in Verndale quickly extinguished
Four parties have been displaced from the apartment following the fire, which caused heavy smoke damage.
VERNDALE — Verndale, Wadena and Staples fire departments responded to a structure fire on South Lane Thursday, March 17, on the southside of Verndale.
The fire was reported at a four-plex at the end of the street where four parties live. All were displaced as the home experienced heavy smoke damage. No one was injured in the fire.
Fire departments were called to respond at about 9:25 p.m. Verndale firefighters were the first to enter the front entry and quickly knocked down the blaze. Verndale Fire Chief Mike Madsen explained that the fire started in a lower level bedroom and extended up into the attic.
As soon as they opened the door with fire hose ready, the smoke quickly began pouring out. Once flames were out, the home was quickly ventilated. The department was on scene for about four hours that evening. They returned in the morning after report of a rekindle in the attic of the complex.
Tri-County Ambulance, Verndale Police and Wadena County Sheriff's Department were also on scene assisting during the initial response.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation by a state fire marshal, though it does not appear suspicious in nature, Madsen said.