On January 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm, the Red Wing Fire Department received a call reporting a structure
fire at 1754 Edoka Street.
Firefighter/paramedics were on the scene within 13 minutes of receiving the call. The residence
was fully involved at the time of arrival. Extreme fire conditions prohibited an interior fire attack
and search of the building. Defensive firefighting tactics were employed to contain the fire to the
structure of origin. Firefighters prevented a garage located approximately 10 feet from the
burning residence from being damaged.
The fire was under control approximately 60 minutes after arrival and extinguished at
approximately 12:15 am. Two firefighters and one fire engine remained on scene throughout the
night to extinguish hidden pockets of fire created by the collapse of the structure. The last crew
of firefighters left the scene at 8:00 am. There were no injuries.
The residence and its contents are a total loss. The owners are Ed and Tina Jefferson.
Apparatus used on the scene included 1fire engine, 1 ladder truck, 1 ambulance and other
support vehicles. A total of 6 full-time and 7 paid-on-call firefighters worked at the scene for
more than 5-1/2 hours.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
“It’s fortunate everyone was out of the residence at the time of the fire, said Fire Captain Dan
Simonson. There would have been no way to attempt a rescue when we arrived.”
The three leading causes of residential fires are: unattended cooking, electrical equipment and
portable heating appliances. Taking time to practice basic home fire safety and following
manufacturer recommendations for appliances can help prevent residential fires.
If a fire should occur, working smoke detectors and fire escape planning are the most effective
tools for a safe escape. The Red Wing Fire Department recommends creating and practicing a
home fire escape plan, testing smoke detectors monthly and changing batteries twice each
The mission of the Red Wing Ambulance and Fire Department is to enhance the safety and
security of the community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire
prevention, public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.
Dan Simonson, Fire Captain
Red Wing Fire Department