Firefighters shoot water from all ends onto a house 89544 320th St. Friday morning. -- Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune
Firefighters shoot water from all ends onto a house 89544 320th St. Friday morning. -- Sarah Stultz/Albert Lea Tribune

Farm house burns down in northeastern Freeborn County

Published 10:45am Friday, May 17, 2013

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — An abandoned farmhouse in northeastern Freeborn County was destroyed by fire Friday morning.

Blooming Prairie firefighters battled the blaze at 89544 320th St. in light rain with the help of water from the Geneva Fire Department.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Blooming Prairie Fire Chief Dean Naatz said the initial call of the fire came in just before 9 a.m. by a passer-by. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames.

The house, which is in Newry Township but is in the Blooming Prairie department’s territory, is a total loss as only two walls of the two-story home remained standing later that morning.

Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Glen Strom said the house is owned by Chad Hamersma.

However, the house had been empty for some time, Naatz said.

No one was injured in the incident.

The fire will likely be investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s Office or the Freeborn County Fire Investigation Team.

Look to the Tribune for more information as it becomes available.