INDUSTRIAL TOWNSHIP, MN — Standing in the ashes of their 3-year-old home, the Hansen family has little left but their dog.
“I never thought it was going to burn down. I wasn’t even worried about, getting anything out, or saving photos, or any of that stuff,” said homeowner and dad Dave Hansen.
A fire at the family’s house completely destroyed the home, leaving $750,000 dollars in damages earlier this week.
Dave and wife Carrie were sleeping when the fire broke out, and their dog Milo woke Carrie up.
“He was up in her face, trying to get her to wake up. She was telling him to go back to bed. Finally, she noticed it was smokey in there,” said Dave.
That’s when Carrie got up, and Milo brought her to the source.
Dave said, “He ran to the garage, she followed him and it was solid smoke in there.”
Dave said he didn’t realize how big the fire was at first, and tried to tackle it on his own.
“In my mind, I was going to put it out. I was going to figure out what it was,” he said.
Unfortunately, the fire was spreading.
“I just stood there and sprayed it. The torch tanks were laying there, and the welder. Once the fire got around them, I was just like ‘time to go,'” said Dave.
And the fire spread through the roof, engulfing the home and burning it to the ground. Including the garage where Dave works doing woodwork and being a mechanic.
“The whole ceiling fell down and all the rafters were burning,” said Dave. “Basically everything I own was in there,” he said.
All of their possessions are gone except Milo.
“[Without him] I’d probably still be laying there,” said Dave.
“I’ve always really liked Milo, he’s a really good dog. Without him, my parents probably wouldn’t be here,” said his daughter Adrieona.
The replaceable things may be gone.
“Everything else can be put back together,” said Dave.
The irreplaceable things are safe and sound because of an irreplaceable family member named Milo.
Dave added he is appreciative of all of his family and friends who have been generous in helping the family recover. Some of them opening up extra space for them to live while they try and rebuild – others giving them everyday essentials.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family here.
We’ll have much more on this story on tonight’s 6 and 10 o’clock newscast.