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Toll rises to six in Bohemian B&B fire

July 2, 2011
Kevin Sweeney - Journal Editor , The Journal

NEW ULM - Six people were killed in an early morning fire that engulfed the Bohemian Bed & Breakfast house on 3rd South and German Streets this morning. Two more bodies were recovered from the ruins of the house late Saturday afternoon, according to New Ulm Police and Fire officials.

According to New Ulm Police Chief Macho, eight people were believed to be in the house when the fire started, but an exact count wass not available, since last minute guests and friends may have been at the house to take shelter from Friday's storm.

Four escaped when the fire was discovered. Three people were taken to New Ulm Medical Center for treatment and two of them were airlifted elsewhere.

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Staff photo by Kevin Sweeney
Flames engulfed the Bohemian Bed & Breakfast House early Saturday morning, July 2.

Authorities did not identify the victims at a Saturday afternoon press conference, but family members confirmed that three of the victims are Bobbi McCrea, owner of the B&B, and her two daughters, Abigail and Savannah.

Macho said the house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived around 1:45 p.m.

Cause of the fire is not known at this time. The state fire marshal has been investigating the scene.



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