MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Wadena County officials said a one-year-old was removed from a fire in Verndale on Wednesday evening. Both the baby and the mother were injured in the incident.
According to the sheriff’s office, the incident happened at 9:42 p.m. in the 400 block of Brown Street Northwest in Verndale. There, emergency responders were dispatched to a house fire with a child still inside the house.
Several attempts to reach the child were unsuccessful due to the heat and the smoke. Then, the firefighters were able to access through a window upstairs. Soon after, the child was located and taken by ambulance to Tri-County Hospital.
The 1-year-old girl was then airlifted to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis.
The mother was also taken to Tri-County Hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and burns. Officials say she tried to go upstairs and get to where the child was.
The fire is under investigation. The current status of the two victims is not known at this time.