Mission firefighters save home from chimney fire

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Fire damage was seen from the outside of a home Saturday, May 9, on Lord Road southeast of Merrifield. The cause of the fire in under investigation. Submitted Photo
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MERRIFIELD — Firefighters with Mission Fire and Rescue were called to a chimney fire at 5:48 p.m. Saturday, May 9, southeast of Merrifield.

Firefighters responded to the chimney fire on the 20000 block of Lord Road. Upon arrival, the attic of the single family home was engulfed in flames.

Mission Fire Chief Eric Makowski-Budrow said with the firefighters’ quick response, they suppressed the fire in minutes and contained it to the attic. The home sustained some smoke and water damage, but the house was saved. Makowski-Budrow said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The homeowners Neil and Rhea Schmitt and several children were in the home at the time of the fire, but escaped with no injuries.

Makowski-Budrow said it was good the family was home when the fire started, as it is located in a remote area and it would have been hard for motorists to see smoke from the road.


Mission called Nisswa Fire Department for mutual aid and about 25 firefighters responded.

The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

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