On Thursday night, February 1, 2018, firefighters responded to a house fire approximately five miles south of Edina on Highway 15 at approximately 9:00 p.m.
Edina volunteer firefighters arrived to find the kitchen of the Danny and Kim Gibbons home on fire. Mutual aid was requested from Novelty/Plevna Volunteer Fire Department and the Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department, but Hurdland was called off after the fire was knocked down, according to Edina Assistant Fire Chief Tom Morgret.
The occupants of the house were not home when the fire started. One occupant came home and noticed smoke and fire and called 911.
Firefighters battled frigid temperatures during the firefight.
“The way it was going when we got there – we didn’t know what we were going to get. We had one of the nozzles on one of the brush trucks that froze up. The metal parts are what we have the biggest problems with when it’s cold like this,” said Morgret. “It didn’t take long to get it fixed.”
Fortunately, firefighters kept the fire from spreading to other areas in the house.
“The fire was contained to the kitchen area, but there was a lot of smoke damage throughout (the house),” said Assistant Fire Chief Tom Morgret. “It smoked up the ceiling and the walls in every room.”
No one was injured in the fire. The occupants of the home stayed elsewhere the night following the fire and reported the home is insured, according to Morgret.
A state fire marshal was called to investigate the cause of the fire at the request of Edina Fire Chief Martin Edwards.
“It could have been an electrical problem with the stove, but nothing has been determined,” said Morgret. “It could have been a lot worse.”