No serious injuries in New Auburn apartment fire

NEW AUBURN – There were no serious injuries in an apartment fire in New Auburn on July 28.

The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a house fire at 7488 7th Ave. in New Ulm at 11:25 p.m. Deputies were able to move two women and two children from the residence roof when they arrived.

A short time later, there was an explosion on the second story of the home, causing live power lines to be thrown from the building, engulfing it in flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Occupants of two apartments were Natisha Stately, 33; Cordareo Jones, 32; Tommie Williams Jr., 29; Laura Olson Neely, 54; Alexis Lockhart, 28; and five children, ages 15, 12, 8, 3 and 1.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provide emergency assistance to the apartment occupants.

A third apartment was not occupied at the time of the fire, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Assisting agencies included New Auburn, Gaylord, Arlington and Glencoe Fire Departments, Gaylord Police, the Minnesota State Patrol and the State Fire Marshall’s Office.


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