A Brownsdale establishment is being considered a total loss after being destroyed in a fire late Saturday evening.
The Brownsdale Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at the Rohler Rink Skating Rink at approximately 10:48 p.m. Saturday evening, as Chief David Pike reported that the fire had been called in by several passing motorists who reported seeing flames coming from the roof of the structure.
Pike stated that while enroute to the scene, assistance was requested from the Austin Fire Department for additional manpower and their aerial apparatus. When fire crews arrived on the scene, Chief Pike stated that it was confirmed that the southernmost portion of the structure was fully engulfed in flames, and the Brownsdale Fire Department then requested additional resources from the fire departments of Adams, Dexter and Rose Creek for additional water resources. Chief Pike went on to report that the fire was extinguished by 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and he added that salvage and overhaul operations continued into early Sunday morning.
Authorities stated that there were no civilian injuries reported as the structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but there were two reported injuries sustained by Brownsdale fire personnel. One firefighter was treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation, and a second Brownsdale firefighter was transported to Mayo Clinic/St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained while conducting water shuffle operations as a result of a fall.
Chief Pike stated that the entire structure and its contents are being considered a total loss. He added that the dollar loss from the fire and the cause of the blaze are both unknown at this time. The Brownsdale Fire Department, the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Mower County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.