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United Fire battles Hammond Township fire late into night

United Fire and Rescue was called to the scene of a house fire at 1794 110th Ave. in Hammond Township at 11:02 p.m. Wednesday, June 12. According to United Fire and Rescue Fire Chief Andy Jensen, “a good portion of the roof on the backside of the house that you can’t actually see on the backside had actually collapsed.” Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
A late night fire on Wednesday, June 12, at 1794 110th Ave. in Hammond Township took an hour for United Fire and Rescue units to get under control. The department finally left the scene at 3 a.m. the next morning. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

United Fire and Rescue spent four hours from late Wednesday, June 12, to the early morning hours of Thursday, June 13, battling a house fire in Hammond Township.

The fire and sheriff's department were called to 1794 110th Ave., Hammond, at 11:02 p.m. for a structure fire that was filling the home with smoke.

"The homeowner was home and had fallen asleep for a bit. They then woke up smelling smoke in the house, with the house filling up with smoke. He called 911 and got out. By the time we got there ... the fire had started burning through the roof when we were pulling into the driveway," said United Fire Hammond Station Fire Chief Andy Jensen.

According to St. Croix County property records, the home is owned by David Dalton. The only resident in the home at the time of the fire was able to get out safely. The fire crews were on scene until 3 a.m. the next morning, which included the time it took the crews to clean up the scene.

"The fire was in the attic of the old part of the house and ... there is no access to get into the attic, so we had to break through all that plaster just to gain access into the attic space where it was," Jensen said. "It took awhile to get it under control. I'd say it was probably an hour or better before we actually had it knocked down."

According to Jensen, the building received smoke and water damage throughout the whole house to the point where he would call it a total loss. There is no indication of what caused the fire, Jensen said, and the fire is still under investigation.

"It was just difficult to get to because there were no access holes to the attic space. And then with the house being remodeled and added on to two or three times it made for some tough little spaces to find," Jensen said. "In fact, a good portion of the roof on the backside of the house that you can't actually see on the backside had actually collapsed."

All three United Fire stations were called to respond to the fire, along with Fire and Rescue units from Roberts, Hudson and New Richmond, in addition to the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department, which arrived on scene just ahead of United 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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