By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN A Delano residence was severely damaged Tuesday night as a result of a fire believed to have been related to smoking.
Delano Fire Department and the Wright County Sheriff’s Office were called to the Joshua and Andrea Quandt residence, located in the 600 block of Watertown Avenue in the Clover Springs addition, just after 9:30 p.m., after neighbors had noticed a fire and alerted the family.
“It is believed the fire started in a flower pot used for burnt cigarette butts on the deck,” commented Lt. Mike Even of the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.
Wednesday afternoon, Delano Fire Chief Bob Van Lith said the cause of the fire was still under investigation by the Wright County Fire Investigation Team.
It is likely the fire will be ruled a “careless smoking” incident, according to Even.
When crews from the Delano Fire Department arrived, Van Lith said the fire had already begun spreading.
“We had flames through the roof and on the back wall,” Van Lith said. “We got in and started attacking the fire.”
Van Lith said he called on mutual aid from the Watertown Fire Department. Ridgeview Ambulance also stood by and assisted at the scene, though no injuries were reported.
The American Red Cross was also notified, and Delano Municipal Utilities responded and disconnected electricity to the residence.
Van Lith said the departments attacked the fire from the interior, which he said can be more dangerous due to the potential for structure collapse and extreme heat.
After the fire was extinguished and the ensuing investigation, Van Lith said the final truck cleared the scene between 1 and 1:30 a.m. He added he doesn’t think the residence will be a total loss, and said the fire is not suspicious in nature. The damage was kept to the residence and its contents, he said.
“No neighbors suffered any damage that I’m aware of,” Van Lith said.