Forum Communications, Published September 11 2012
Man severely burned in Spicer house fireSPICER, Minn. — A man was in critical condition Tuesday after suffering burns Monday night in a fire that destroyed a rural Spicer home. Two other occupants escaped out a second-story window.
According to reports from fire and law enforcement officials, the injured man is David Lindner, 70, a roommate of the homeowner.
Spicer Fire Chief Mike Holme said Lindner was reported to have severe burns to his arms, hands and face. He was taken by ambulance Monday night to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis where he was in critical condition Tuesday.
Homeowner Stephen Sarafolean, 52, and his girlfriend, Sandra Jane Davis, 56, were not injured. A dog also died in the blaze, which was reported at 9:30 p.m. The house was a total loss, Holme said.
Holme said Sarafolean and Davis were in the upstairs loft when they smelled smoke. When they opened the upstairs bedroom door a “big flash of flames” erupted, said Holme.
Sarafolean lowered Davis out the window, who dropped about 10 feet to the ground. Sarafolean then “shimmied” out the window to the ground where he saw Lindner on the deck with severe burns, Holme said.