NEW ULM - The New Ulm Fire Department was able to extinguished an early Friday morning duplex fire at 501 South Franklin Street in New Ulm with no injuries. Additionally, two pets, a cat and a dog, were rescued seemingly without injury from the smoke by firefighters.
The fire was called in by Jared Spaeth, who was awoken from sleep in the 2nd floor apartment sometime before 8 a.m. He was the only renter in the house at the time. Using his experience from previously serving on a fire department in another town, he determined the fire was occurring in the basement. He kicked open the first floor apartment door in an attempt to rescue that renter's dog, but was unable to locate it due to the intensity of the smoke.
Luckily, both the dog from the first level and the cat from the second level apartment were rescued without apparent injury.
A resident of duplex that caught fire Friday morning cries as she is handed her rescued cat Chloe. No injuries were reported from the fire.
NUFD chief Paul Macho said the fire definitely originated in the basement, though the cause is still being investigated. He said the two apartments sustained smoke damage, but it appears the flames did not escape the largely unoccupied basement.