Saturday, February 6, 2010
Ritchie House Fire with Civilian Injury on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010
At about 1045 AM, Friday, February 5, 2010, firefighters and paramedics from Ritchie and surrounding communities were alerted to a house fire in the 2400 block of Oak Glen Way. Firefighters arrived and encountered a 1-story single family home with the basement well involved with fire. Additionally they were met in the front yard with a young female child that had sustained serious burns to her upper body. As paramedics treated the injured girl firefighters proceeded to extinguish the fire. There were 34 firefighters and paramedics on the scene. The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes and caused an estimated $50,000 in fire loss.
The female, 8 years of age, had sustained serious burns to her upper body and was being flown to a Trauma Center by MSP Trooper 2. After taking off and heading to the hospital, Trooper 2 was forced to turn around and land at the original landing site as weather conditions rapidly deteriorated. Paramedics completed the transport by land.
An adult female sustained minor burn injuries when she helped to extinguish the fire on her grand-daughters clothing. She was treated on the scene and did not go to the hospital. The adult female and another relative will be displaced and will stay with other family members.
The fire is Under Investigation as Fire Investigators continue to search for the cause of the fire.