Deadly Rochester Fire Scene Described as Hoarder House
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - One person died and another was in critical condition as of Friday night after a fire broke out in a Rochester home.
The call came in around 8 p.m. from 1024 10 1/2 St SE, about two blocks north of the Macken Funeral Home.
Firefighters found an adult female in the front living room. She died at the scene. An adult male was also found in the home and he was resuscitated and taken to St. Marys Hospital. The victims have not yet been identified. The relationship between the victims is not known, although it’s possible the woman was the man’s mother.
A fire investigator who entered the house Saturday morning described it as a “hoarder’s house “ as it was filled with various items.
Deputy Fire Chief Steve Belau says firefighters were not only hampered by the hot conditions inside the house, but the high heat index. Temperatures at the time were around 85 and the heat index was close to 100 degrees.
Belau says“the fire had been burning for an extended length of time” before the smoke was spotted by a passersby who called 911. Belau says the house sustained significant damage. No word yet on the cause.
This is the second fatal fire in the city this year. A woman and her young daughter died when a fire broke out in their apartment in March.