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Structure Fire

Posted: 02/22/2021

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 21002268

Date Reported: 2/21/2021 5:55 AM

Incident: Structure Fire

Location: 1st Street N - Miltona, MN

Case Details:

Victim/Deceased: Terry Lyn Gaarsland, age 57 of Miltona, MN
Homeowner: Steven John Beheng, age 59 of Miltona, MN


The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office simultaneously received two 911 calls of a structure fire at an address on 1st St in Miltona, MN. The complainant was reporting heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the home. Miltona Fire Department was immediately dispatched to the scene, along with Parkers Prairie and Carlos Fire for mutual aid.

Upon arrival, on scene information was obtained that the structure may be occupied. Miltona Fire Department was able to gain entry to the two-story home and found one victim. The victim was extricated from the home and was not showing signs of life. Resuscitation efforts were made but unsuccessful and the victim was pronounced deceased on scene.

The State Fire Marshal’s office had been notified and the cause of fire is still under investigation. Victim information is being withheld until family notifications are made.

Agencies responding to the fire: Miltona Fire Department, Parker’s Prairie Fire Department, Carlos Fire Department, Alexandria Fire Department, North Ambulance Service, Parkers Prairie Ambulance.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Officer: Sgt. Paul Trautman, #236


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