Fire severely damages Wadena home on Labor Day

No one was injured in the fire but a home and garage received severe damage on Mohawk Street.

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This home on Mohawk Street was severely damaged in a Labor Day 2022 fire that originated in the garage.
Michael Johnson / Pioneer Journal

WADENA — Fire ravaged a home in southwest Wadena on Monday, Sept. 5.
No one was injured in the blaze that destroyed the garage and severely burned into the home.
The Wadena Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a residential structure fire at 10455 Mohawk St, in Wadena Township at 4:14 p.m. on Labor Day. Upon arrival, fire personnel observed an attached garage fully engulfed, and fire quickly spreading to the living area of the house. Fire personnel gained access and quickly extinguished the fire. Fire personnel were on scene for approximately two hours, according to a Wadena Fire Department news release.

Again fire personnel were called at 2:53 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, when the garage had rekindled. A caller reported that the roof was on fire at that time. Emergency personnel arrived on scene to find the garage wall roofline was on fire, according to a Wadena County Sheriff's Office news release. Firefighters were able to extinguish the hot spots and were on scene for one hour.

Fire was believed to have started from staining rags that were recently used that spontaneously combusted inside the garage, according to the fire department. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.
The Wadena Fire Department was assisted by Bluffton, Deer Creek, and Verndale Fire Department’s, Wadena Police Department, Wadena County Sheriff’s Office, Tri-County Health Care EMS, and Todd-Wadena Electric.

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