(Miltona, MN) Sunday morning, at approximately 5:55am, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office simultaneously received two 911 calls of a structure fire at 316 1st Street North in Miltona. The complainant was reporting heavy smoke and visible flames coming from the home. Miltona Fire Department was immediately dispatched to the scene, along with Parkers Prairie and Carlos Fire for mutual aid.
When the arrived on the scene they learned that the structure may be occupied. The Miltona Fire Department was able to gain entry to the two-story home and found one victim. The victim, 57 year old Terry Lyn Gaarsland, was taken out of the home but was not showing any signs of life. Resuscitation efforts were made but were unsuccessful and Gaarsland was pronounced deceased on scene.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office with assistance from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.
Agencies responding to the fire: Miltona Fire Department, Parkers Prairie Fire Department, Carlos Fire Department, Alexandria Fire Department, North Ambulance Service, Parkers Prairie Ambulance