By Starrla Cray
LESTER PRAIRIE, MN Lester Prairie Fire Department has seen its share of devastation recently, including a house fire July 25 and a hay shed fire July 27.
The home of Dustin LaMott, located on 190th Street in Lester Prairie, was destroyed by an electrical fire the evening of July 25, according to Lester Prairie Fire Chief Jim Hoof.
“The house was a total loss,” Hoof said. “It was an older home, and the damage exceeded the value of the house.”
The fire was called in by a neighbor who lives north of the LaMott property. No one was home when the fire started.
“They were at the lake at the time,” Hoof said.
The Lester Prairie Fire Department received support from the fire departments of Silver Lake and Glencoe.
Hay shed fire
The second Lester Prairie fire of the week was reported at 1:54 a.m. July 27. The hay shed of Rick and Sarah Heuer, at 17295 Dairy Avenue, was engulfed in flames at the time, and took several hours to extinguish.
“We just got back at 9 a.m.,” Hoof said.
The damage was “considerable,” according to Hoof.
Heuer lost numerous pieces of field equipment, including three tractors, a feed mixer, a combine, wagons, and more.
“There were also quite a few round bales in there,” Hoof added.
The Heuer family had been sleeping when the fire started.
“Their 6-year-old daughter heard some commotion outside,” Hoof said. “She thought it was a thunderstorm, but it was probably actually the sound of tires popping.”
The fire departments of Winsted, Glencoe, and Silver Lake provided assistance to the Lester Prairie Fire Department.
This is the second fire the Heuer family has had. The first one destroyed the upper loft of their 34-by-200-foot dairy barn in September of 2004.
Hoof said his fire department has had a high number of nighttime calls recently, including several medical calls.
“We’ve been up nearly every night,” he said. “Hopefully we’re done now for a little bit.”