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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Two die in Lucan fire

  • The remains of two children were recovered from a rural Lucan residence this past week after a fire completely destroyed the home of Matthew and Bernadette Thooft.
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  • The remains of two children were recovered from a rural Lucan residence this past week after a fire completely destroyed the home of Matthew and Bernadette Thooft.
    The two children were initially unaccounted for after emergency personnel re-sponded to the scene Wednesday afternoon and found two adults and other children had escaped the blaze.
    The fire call came in at approximately 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, and according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety the two-story, single family farmhouse was fully engulfed when the Lucan Fire department arrived on the scene.
    Several other area fire departments were called in to assist with the fire.
    Firefighters from Wabasso, Seaforth, Wanda, Vesta, Belview, Walnut Grove and Milroy assisted at the scene. The Redwood County Sheriff’s De-partment and Minne-sota State Patrol were also involved with the incident. At the request of the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department the state fire marshal division of the Minne-sota Department of Public Safety was called in to investigate the fire. The cause of the fire had not been announced at the time this edition went to print. The investigation into the fire continues.
    The remains of one  of the children were recovered at the scene late Wednesday night, with the remains of the second child recovered Thursday afternoon.
    The names and ages of the victims had not been released at the time this edition went to print Friday.
    Those names were set to be released once positive identification was made by the Ram-sey County Medical Examiner’s office.
    An incident involving a member of the Vesta Fire Department also occurred at the scene of the fire. According to the department of public safety, Neal Hansen was injured when he slipped and was run over by a tanker truck. At the time this edition went to print, Hansen was being cared for at a hospital in Mankato. He has been a member of the fire department for one year.
    More information regarding this incident, including information regarding how the public can support the Thooft and Hansen families is going to be provided as it is received by the Redwood Gazette.
    Firefighters were on the scene all night Wednesday and through much of the day Thursday, with three members of the state fire marshal’s office on the scene conducting the investigation through the afternoon Thursday.
    Additional information regarding this incident is going to be provided as it is released by the department of public safety.
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