Tricounty News

Suspicious house fire in Kimball

At 11:25 p.m. Thursday night, Dec. 10, the Kimball Fire Department was called to a structure fire on the south side of Highway 55 West. The house, which had been vacated for about four years, was fully engulfed and a total loss. Tire tracks in the snow were visible when firefighters arrived, and may provide a clue as to how the fire started. Authorities believe the fire was suspicious and are investigating it as a crime.

Kimball firefighters were on the scene until 3 a.m. We are told that anything of value had long since been stripped from the house, including electrical wiring and copper pipes. The fire was confined to the building's foundation, and everything was knocked into the basement before firefighters left. It was safe, although still smoking and with occasional flare-ups of flames, Friday morning.

Anyone with any information about the fire that burned down the house at the end of Hazel Avenue (near Highway 55, and across the road from the baseball fields west of Kimball high school) is urged to call the Kimball Police Department at (320) 398-2871.