2-Year-Old Killed In House Fire Near Detroit Lakes
The father was airlifted to a Fargo hospital for smoke inhalation. The mother and a 5-year-old girl were airlifted to Minneapolis.
UPDATE: The boy who died has been identified as Micah Hedlund.
HOLMESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Minn. — An overnight house fire northeast of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota killed a 2-year-old boy early Sunday morning.
According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Office, crews responded to the Holmesville Township home on Duffney Road, approximately 9 miles northeast of Detroit Lakes at about 12:45 a.m.
Some of those living in quiet Holmesville Township tell KVRR’s Raya Quttaineh the sound of sirens isn’t one they’re used to, but it’s exactly what they were woken up to.
Investigators determined children in the basement of the home were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms. When they got to the main floor, the children saw flames and alerted other family members. A stairway leading upstairs was blocked by flames, but the parents were able to escape the home by a second-floor window.
The boy was later found dead.
The father was airlifted to a Fargo hospital for smoke inhalation. The mother and a 5-year-old girl were airlifted to Minneapolis for smoke inhalation and burns.
The extent of their injuries are not known at this time.
Callaway, Detroit Lakes, Frazee and Audobon fire departments responded to the fire. St. Mary’s EMS, Detroit Lakes Police and the Minnesota State Patrol also responded. The State Fire Marshal is assisting with the investigation, which is ongoing Sunday afternoon.
A GoFundMe account has been started and identifies the family as Mike and Melissa Hedlund.
It says they lost everything in the fire. The account had already raised $6,200 by 9 p.m. Sunday.