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Structure Fire

Posted: 03/29/2021

Category: County Sheriff Press Release

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Case Number: 21003746

Date Reported: 3/27/2021 at 1444 hours

Incident: Structure Fire

Location: 4733 County Road 13 NE, Carlos, MN

Complainant/Victim: Jay Doyle Eckel, age 54 of Eagl Bend, MN

Case Details:

On 3/27/2021 at about 14:44 hours the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the above complainant about a large amount of smoke coming from Skips Deluxe Auto Parts in Carlos, MN. While deputies were responding it was learned that there was someone inside who was actively trying to put out the fire. When the Carlos fire department arrived the fire was mostly contained, and was extinguished by the fire department. An Alexandria man and his 13 year old son were inside when the fire started and were checked out by North Ambulance for smoke inhalation and were released at the scene. It appears there was a small amount of gasoline that was spilled on the floor and was ignited when a hammer was dropped on the ground and sparked, igniting the gasoline. Some miscellaneous small items were burned in the immediate area, and there was damage to the garage doors and the side of the building. There was also smoke damage in the building.

Responding to the scene was the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Carlos Fire Department, and North Ambulance

Officer: Deputy Dylan Kriese, #233

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