On Wednesday April 17th, around 5:51 a.m., Princeton Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire in Blue Hill Township in Sherburne County.
Princeton Fire Chief arrived on scene with Sherburne County deputies to find the second story engulfed in flames. Everyone was out of the house upon arrival.
The fire was noticed by a neighbor, Jesse Schumacher, who called 911 and then entered the house and assisted the elderly homeowners out of the main story. Schumacher then re-entered the house to get a grandson and girlfriend out of the basement. A fifth resident, an adult male, had escaped the fire through an upstairs window and was trapped on the roof of the house. Schumacher then braced a piece of wood up to the roof to get that man to the ground safely.
Upon arrival of the first engine, an exterior fire attack was made to knock down the flames coming out the window and roof. The firefighters then made entry to search for any other residents and extinguished the remaining fire. Princeton Fire and Rescue was assisted by Northeast Sherburne Fire and Rescue Dept. One resident was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
Fire investigation was conducted by the Princeton Fire and Rescue and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire started on the second story, and the cause of the fire has been classified as “undetermined” at this time.