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Fire damages rural Glenwood City home

FIRE DAMAGED the Tom and Judy Knox home early Thursday morning. The Glenwood City Fire Department was called to the home located 3234 140th Avenue on the east side of the Glenwood City limits on a report of smoke filling the structure. Firefighters from Glenwood City, Boyceville, Baldwin United Fire and Clear Lake battle the blaze, which started in the basement and damaged the first and second floors as well as the attic, for over six hours. —photo by Carlton DeWitt

GLENWOOD CITY — A late night fire did considerable damage to a large two story rural Glenwood City home. The lone occupant of the home was Mike Knox who was awake to find is home filing with smoke.

Mike called 911 and made his way out of the house. Mike’s parents, Tom and Judy Knox who recently traveled to Florida to spend the winter, own the property.

The Glenwood City Fire Department was paged out by the Communications Center at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, January 3 and found heavy smoke filling the entire structure, which is located on 140th Avenue just east of the City Limits in the Town of Glenwood.

Units and personnel from Boyceville Fire, United Fire and Clear Lake Departments assisted local firefighters.

A special unit from United Fire was called to refill air tanks that firefighters use to supply air to their self contained breathing masks. These masks allow firefighter to gain entrance to a structure that is filled with smoke.

It is believed that the fire started in the basement of the home and spread into the first and second floor and into attic before firefighters were able to gain control of the fire.

The fire department was on the scene for about six hours.


  1. Ann Jasperson on January 3, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    WOW!! This is where 9 Jasperson kids grew up, on top of the hill. We had many happy moments here. Very sad to see this.

  2. Anna Angell on January 6, 2019 at 11:39 am

    This home was built by Frank and Caroline Gillis 92 years ago. They farmed the land and raised their family there. Their daughter, Rita Angell, and her family are saddened by the news of this event.

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