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Fire destroys Humboldt home; couple escapes injury

The Humboldt Fire Department was called back Monday afternoon to the site of a Sunday night fire after it re-kindled. The fire claimed the home of Delmar (Keel) and Marlene Zinnel. Humboldt Independent photo.

A fire Sunday evening totaled the house, but the owners were able to get out in time.
The Humboldt Fire Department was paged out at 9:01 p.m. on Sunday night, Dec.15, to 907 3rd Avenue North in Humboldt, the home of Delmar (Keel) and Marlene Zinnel.
Their son, Kevin, said his father called him and his brother, Keel, and said he smelled smoke. Keel and his wife, Ann, arrived first at the house and Keel tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. Kevin and Tony Hosford arrived and the group was able to get Marlene out of the house. She suffered a cut on her leg.
“As I drove up to the house I could see flames coming out the back. That’s when I called 9-1-1 and got the fire department rolling,” Kevin, an EMT with the Humboldt Ambulance Service, said.
Fire Chief Tony Hosford said when firefighters arrived, flames were coming out of the east wall.
Hosford said the fire started in the bathroom in the outer wall and spread up into the attic. He said the cause is yet to be determined, but they believe it was electrical.
The fire department was assisted at the scene by the Humboldt Police Department, PeopleService, Mid-American Energy and Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.
Kevin Zinnel praised the Humboldt Fire Department and other emergency personnel who assisted at the scene. Firefighters were on site five hours late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
An account to aid the family has been set up at Northwest Bank in Humboldt.