Significant Damage Reported In Garage & House Fire In Spirit Lake

Tue 7-14-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- Significant damage was reported in a garage/house fire early this (Tuesday) morning in Spirit Lake.

The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called to 1303 Jackson Avenue shortly before 1:00 am after getting a report of a fully engulfed garage with the fire beginning to spread to the house. Assistant Fire Chief Chris Hoerichs says the fire was being fed by some leaking natural gas. Crews were eventually able to bring the fire under control. Workers with Black Hills Energy were able to get the gas shut off.

The residents of the home were able to get out unhurt.

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Hoerichs says the garage and its contents were destroyed with significant fire damage to the rear of the house and significant smoke damage throughout. 

Hoerichs says the cause of the fire is under investigation. 

The Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance, Spirit Lake police, Dickinson County Emergency Management, the American Red Cross, Black Hills Energy and Alliant Energy assisted on the scene.

Photos courtesy Keith Ellis.