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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Hunters help Delft family escape blaze

Thanks to the kindness of two hunters, no one was seriously injured, and a large family escaped a historic church building in Delft that burned to the ground early Friday morning. Police and three local fire crews responded to 911 calls made just before 6 a.m. and were at the scene until after noon fighting and working to contain the fire.

The Carson Mennonite Brethren Church was built in 1949 and is located ten miles north of Windom.

The owner of the building is Princess Jennifer and she described herself as a single mother with four children in the house aged 8, 9, 17 and 18, plus two adult children and a grandmother. Jennifer said she bought the building four years ago and moved to the area from the Twin Cities area to live in the former church.

“We would not be alive if it were not for those hunters,” said Jennifer. “In the turmoil after the fire, we did not even get a chance to fully thank them.”

Jennifer said the hunters were from out of town and they were going out early to hunt. Someone told Jennifer the hunters had come back to town to get a jacket when they noticed the fire in the wall of the church building and going up toward the roof. It was still dark, and the hunters then pounded on the doors and windows to wake up the sleeping family.

See the Nov. 15 edition of the Citizen for more details and photos concerning this story.


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