Names of Injured Adults Released in Iron Fire

Updated: 01/10/2014 1:06 PM
Created: 01/09/2014 9:22 AM
By: Renee Passal & Maarja Anderson

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office said there was a fire in Clinton Township early Thursday morning. The multi-story home is destroyed and three adults suffered burns.

Authorities released the names of the the injured adults Friday. George Konecny Jr., Randon Konecny, and Alyssa Douglas all suffered burns in the fire. Konecny Jr., 63, was transported to the Miller Dwan Burn Center Thursday afternoon for his injuries but is expected to be released Friday afternoon.

Authorities responded to 8840 Iron Junction Road, around 3:20am Thursday morning.

The residence was fully engulfed when crews arrived, and ended up being a total loss.

The three adults, one child, and two dogs were inside the residence at the time of the fire.

Steven Heinrich is a fire investigator with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. He said the adults and 7-year-old girl were all out of the house when the fire departments arrived on scene. Randon Konecny had gone in to get the others.

"He wound up breaking a window and getting the 7-year-old girl outside to safety and in the process of doing that he wound up getting injured with burns," explained Heinrich.

The adults were taken to Essentia Health Virginia in a private vehicle. The girl and dogs escaped without injuries.

Heinrich said the cause is likely a space heater.

"The proximity of the space heater was near the couch, which appeared to be the first item to catch fire," he said.

Heinrich said the young girl was sleeping on the couch at the time.

Every winter space heaters cause house fires, so Heinrich recommends always keeping an eye on the heater and keeping it in a safe place away from furniture.

Eyewitness News will post more details as they become available.

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