Woman Killed in Rochester House Fire
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - One person died and another was in critical condition 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. The victims have not yet been identified.
Fire Captain Craig Connelly was among those fighting the fire and said “It’s just so frustrating when we can’t save everyone.”
Deputy Fire Chief Steve Belau says firefighters were not only hampered by the hot conditions inside the house, but the high heat index. He says “the fire had been burning for an extended length of time” before smoke was spotted by a passersby who called 911. Belau says the house sustained significant damage. No word yet on the cause.
Investigators were expected to return to the scene Saturday morning.
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.