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New Ulm woman dies in house fire

Dorothy L. Nichols, 79, found in home. Cause of fire under investigation

December 9, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - A 79-year-old New Ulm woman died early Saturday morning in a house fire on Shag Road.

The New Ulm Fire Department and Brown County Sheriff's Office were called to 11050 Shag Road at about 5 a.m. Saturday where they found Dorothy L. Nichols, 79, deceased in the home, according to a Brown County Sheriff's Office news release.

Nichols was the lone occupant in the home when the fire started in a garage that was converted to be used as a residence. An autopsy is pending, according to the news release.

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Staff photo by Josh Moniz
New Ulm firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Shag Road early Saturday morning. Firefighters recovered the body of 79-year-old Dorothy L. Nichols, who was the lone occupant of the home.

The American Red Cross was called to the scene to assist with next door neighbor, Michael Nichols, a relative of Dorothy Nichols. He was unable to remain in his home due to the fire department remaining on the scene and loss of power to his home, according to the news release.

"It was pretty well involved when we got there," said New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho. "There was pretty heavy smoke coming out of the house when we got there. There was a good fuel load in there."

"We sent some teams in, got the victim out, but she was already gone. We worked on protecting the (mobile home) that was less than five feet away.."

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New Ulm firefighters cut down a tree to on the property to make room for an engine, tanker, rescue unit and pickup truck could be used to fight the fire. They knocked down the remains of the former garage converted to a residence after the fire was extinguished.

New Ulm firefighters were assisted by a Courtland Fire Dept. tanker, the Brown County Sheriff's Office and New Ulm Police.

The fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office.



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