After house fire, PR family receives Red Cross help

Firefighters arrived on scene around 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 and extinguished the fire in about 45 minutes.

This log cabin caught on fire Friday, Feb. 5. It's located along the 600 block of Third St. W. in Park Rapids.

The Park Rapids Fire Department responded to a fire Friday afternoon at a tiny log cabin located near the corner of Fair Ave. and Third St. W. in Park Rapids.

According to a news release, local American Red Cross volunteers connected the family of two adults and two children with essential items, such as food, clothing, shelter and other assistance.

Park Rapids Assistant Fire Chief Ben Cumber said no one was at the home when firefighters arrived on scene around 3 p.m. Feb. 5.

The fire is still under investigation.

Firefighters also responded to a chimney fire north of Park Rapids Saturday. Temps were 25 below zero. “It was terrible cold,” Cumber said. “It’s a challenge too keep all the water in all the trucks from freezing and the pipes. There’s a lot of shields and covers you have to put on in the winter. A lot of the trucks have heaters inside the pumps to help to keep things from freezing, but it still happens.”


Cumber reminds homeowners to get their chimneys cleaned and inspected annually.

Shannon Geisen is editor of the Park Rapids Enterprise.
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