Woman who died in EG fire ID’d

EAGLE GROVE — An Eagle Grove woman has been identified as the person who died in a house fire Monday night, the Eagle Grove Police Department confirmed.

Laurie McPherson, 55, was pronounced dead at 222 S. Commercial Ave.

A total of three people were inside the home when it caught fire.

Foul play is not suspected in this case, the Eagle Grove Police Department reported.

The Eagle Grove Fire Department was dispatched at 9:33 p.m. Monday night.

Jon Biondahl, 55, was treated for smoke inhalation and burns, the Eagle Grove Police Department reported.

Lance McPherson, 33, was treated for smoke inhalation.

“It was fully engulfed when we got there,” Eagle Grove Fire Chief Tom Peterson said.

Crews immediately began knocking down the fire and doing a search of the home.

McPherson was located shortly after firefighters arrived.

Peterson said crews were on the scene about four hours working to put the fire out.

He and several other firefighters returned for about an hour Tuesday to conduct an investigation.

At the home, there was little beyond broken charred window frames and blackened interior rooms on the Commercial Avenue west side of the home to indicate there had been a fire.

The rear of the home, facing east, told a story of an intense fire. Siding had melted off the exterior, in several places it appeared the fire burned all the way through the walls. A small section of roof on an addition to the home was partially collapsed.

A small pile of debris — burned lumber and broken window glass — lay in the middle of the back yard. Several vehicles were parked in the back.

Peterson said the blaze was caused by an electrical fire in the home’s kitchen.

He was not sure if the home had working smoke detectors.

Several cats also died in the fire.

There were no additional injuries to fire crews.

The Eagle Grove Volunteer Fire Department was assisted by the Goldfield Volunteer Fire Department, Eagle Grove Ambulance, and Eagle Grove Police Department. The State Fire Marshal’s office assisted in the investigation.

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