Just before 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office responded to a garage fire in the 19000 block of East Shore Drive on the east side of Pearl Lake, in Maine Prairie Township.
The caller, Maureen Imholte, 80 of Kimball, reported that the fire was in their attached garage and that her husband, Ronald Imholte, 84 of Kimball, was in the garage trying to extinguish the fire.
When the deputies arrived, the attached garage was fully engulfed. Both Maureen and Ronald safely evacuated the home.
Kimball, Rockville, and Watkins Fire Departments responded to fight the fire. Mayo Ambulance responded to tend to Ronald who had sustained minor superficial burns.
A neighbor reported hearing a boom shortly before noticing the flames and smoke. Ronald told deputies that he was working on his lawnmower in the garage around the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.