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Posted on: January 5, 2018

2 Families Displaced Following Separate House Fires

2018 is off to a tragic start for a Coon Rapids family who lost their home and pets in a New Year's Day fire.

The flames broke out around noon at their trailer in the Creekside Mobile Home Park off Egret Boulevard.  Fire crews arrived to find the trailer engulfed in flames.  All six people inside made it out safely but the family's pets did not survive.  

Fire investigators say a kerosene torpedo heater used to thaw frozen pipes under the trailer led to the fire which has been ruled accidental.

"The best thing to prevent your pipes from freezing is to prepare for winter, prepare for your pipes not to freeze, insulate underneath your trailer, make sure your heater is working, your heat tape, be prepared for winter when it gets really cold and don't wait until after it freezes then try to correct it," says Coon Rapids Fire Marshal Todd Williams.

The fire department also recommends residents hire a professional company to thaw out frozen pipes.  

The Red Cross did assist the family with housing for several nights but the home is a total loss and the family doesn't have insurance to cover the losses.

DECEMBER 30TH HOUSE FIRE


A fire two days earlier damaged a Coon Rapids home and sent two people to the hospital with smoke inhalation.  

A neighbor reported the fire which broke out Saturday afternoon in the 300 block of 109th Avenue.  A man was able to make it out but his mother had to be pulled out of the home by firefighters.  She was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center but is expected to make a full recovery.  The man was treated and released the same day.  

The fire appears to have started near the microwave in the kitchen but investigators have yet to determine the exact cause.

FREE SMOKE DETECTORS


Following both blazes, the fire department is reminding residents about a program launched last month in partnership with the Red Cross.

If you need smoke detectors installed in your home, just give the fire department a call at 763-767-6429 to schedule an appointment. Firefighters will come out and install them in your home.  

You should have smoke detectors in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home including the basement.  

Fire officials say smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in a fire by 50 percent.

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