One-year-old airlifted ­after house fire

On Wednesday, April 7, at approximately 9:42 p.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a house fire in the 400 Block of Brown St. NW, in the city of Verndale.

At the time of the initial call, the reporting party stated there was still a child inside the home. Deputies, officers from the Wadena Police Department, and a Verndale fireman responded to the scene and observed flames were present at an upstairs window where the child was reported to be. Several attempts were made to locate the child, but heat and smoke made the area inaccessible.

The Verndale Fire Department arrived on the scene together with the Wadena Fire Department and they were able to gain access through an upstairs window. A short time later, the child was located and transported by ambulance to Tri-County Hospital. The child, a one-year-old female, was later flown out to the Hennepin County Medical Center. . .

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