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NRFD responds to early morning fire in Star Prairie

The New Richmond Fire Department responded to a house fire at 2:16 a.m. on Monday, April 15, at 1967 Nighthawk Drive in Star Prairie. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 3
The cause of the April 15 house fire at 1967 Nighthawk Drive in Star Prairie is still under investigation, but the fire took the NRFD an hour to get under control. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 3
Four people were in the home at the time of the fire, but they all made it out alright, according to NRFD Chief Jim VanderWyst. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 3

An early morning house fire on Monday, April 15, left a Star Prairie family without a home. The New Richmond Fire Department received a call about the house fire at 1967 Nighthawk Drive at 2:16 a.m. It took about an hour to get the fire under control, according to NRFD Chief Jim VanderWyst.

According to St. Croix County property records, the home is owned by Scott Kotaska of White Bear Lake. Minn.

"Everything was a total loss. The fire itself was just a normal house fire, but it was burning pretty good by the time we got there," VanderWyst said. "There were four people in the house at the time of the fire and they all made it out alright. I believe a couple of the people who were in the home at the time of the fire went to the hospital about an hour after we got there."

The department cleared the scene of the two-story home with an attached garage at 7:32 a.m., VanderWyst said. According to VanderWyst, the cause of the fire is still under investigation and the department isn't sure exactly where the fire originated from, either.

VanderWyst said the Somerset, Roberts and Hudson fire departments also responded to the house fire.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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