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Quick response saves north Brainerd home

Quick thinking by a 9-year-old boy, along with a quick response from Brainerd firefighters resulted in saving a four-plex home Thursday in north Brainerd from becoming engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said firefighters were on scene within two minutes of the call reported at 1:53 p.m. at 214 North Seventh St, Brainerd. The fire was contained in the bedroom located on the main floor of a four-plex house, rented by Henry Remer III. Stunek said the fire was under control by 2:10 p.m.

Stunek said Remer was in the shower when he heard his son, Austin Hanson, hollering that there was a fire.

Stunek said three occupants were evacuated from the house and one older male, name unknown, was taken to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd to be checked out as a precaution.

Stunek said the cause of the fire at this time is unknown. He said the smoke detectors were working and the fire caused about $30,000 in smoke and heat damages.

Stunek said about 16 firefighters were on scene.

“I can’t begin to stress how important the firefighters quick response is,” said Stunek. “Their quick response allows them to contain the fire before it got out of hand.”

The Brainerd Police Department, Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Department and North Memorial ambulance assisted at the scene.

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