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NEW INFORMATION: 5-year-old girl released from hospital after house fire

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Five-year-old Molli Ellis after being released from the hospital Five-year-old Molli Ellis after being released from the hospital

Buffalo County (WQOW) The five-year-old girl, and the man who saved her from a burning house, have both been released from the hospital.

Dean Nelson and Molli Ellis were rushed to a burn center after a fire in Gilmanton early Saturday morning.  Deputies say Nelson and his girlfriend, Gretchen, woke to the sound of smoke alarms.  They couldn't get upstairs to Gretchen's daughter, Molli, so they went outside, climbed a ladder and broke an upstairs window.  Nelson was able to grab Molli from the bedroom, which was filled with smoke.

The home was destroyed.  Molli was in intensive care, but she came home Thursday night.  She has minor burns to her face.  Her aunt says she's doing very well.  Dean was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Two accounts have been set up at RCU in their names ("Dean Nelson Benefit Fund" "Molli Ellis Benefit Fund") to help pay for medical bills.

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Buffalo County (WQOW)- A young girl is in the ICU and the man who rescued her from a home engulfed in flames is also in the hospital, badly burned.

The pair were rushed to a burn center in Minnesota after an early morning fire in Buffalo County. A house fire was reported just after 4:00 Saturday morning along Highway 121 in Gilmanton.

When deputies arrived they found Dean Nelson, who had been severely burned, and 5-year-old Molli Ellis, who was unresponsive but breathing. The girl's mother, Gretchen Husein,  was also there but was okay.  Molli had suffered severe smoke inhalation.

Molli's mother, Gretchen says she and her boyfriend Dean woke to the sound of smoke alarms and the house on fire. They could not get upstairs to where Molli was sleeping so they went outside, climbed a ladder and broke an upstairs window.

Dean was able to leap inside and grab Molli from a bedroom, Which was filled with smoke.
The home was destroyed.

Molli's mother says her daughter is in intensive care. she's breathing with the help of a machine, recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Gretchen says Dean suffered 2nd degree burns to much of his body, including his back, hands and face. She says they feel lucky to be alive, and together.


The Buffalo County sheriff's office its not clear what caused the fire, that remains under investigation.

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Buffalo County (WQOW)- A man and  young girl are rushed to a burn center in Minnesota after an early morning fire in Buffalo County. 

The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office says a house fire was reported just after 4:00 Saturday morning along Highway 121 in Gilmanton. When deputies arrived they found a 31-year-old man with severe burns, a 28-year-old woman with possible minor injuries and a 5-year-old girl who was unresponsive but breathing. Deputies believed the girl had suffered severe smoke inhalation.

When fire fighters from Mondovi and Waumandee arrived the home was fully engulfed by flames and was ultimately destroyed. Two Mayo One helicopters and rescue crews from Eau Claire, Mondovi and Dover were among those called in to help. Both the man and young girl were taken to a burn center in Minnesota. The sheriff's department says there is no update on their conditions at this time.

According to the sheriff's office the man and woman woke to the sound of smoke alarms and saw fire. They could not get upstairs so they went outside and used a ladder to climb to an upstairs window, which they broke. Once inside, they were able to save the sleeping girl from her bedroom, which was filled with smoke.

The sheriff's office says they are not sure what caused the fire, that remains under investigation. No names have been released. The sheriff's office says it can't comment at this time on the relationship between the man, woman and young girl.  The Red Cross has activated a responsive team to help.

 

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