Fire Breaks Out In New Ulm Concertina House

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters were able to save a piece of musical history from a burning home in New Ulm.

Crews were called early Friday to the former home of the late Christy Hengel. Hengel had his concertina shop there as well as an extensive collection of concertinas.

New Ulm Fire Chief Paul Macho tells KEYC-TV that firefighters retrieved “well over a hundred” concertinas from the basement.

At first, firefighters didn’t know the concertinas were inside until the owner arrived. The fire chief says the concertinas were saved before there was too much water damage.

The home’s residents reported having electrical issues Thursday night, but firefighters don’t know the cause of the fire yet.

No one was hurt.

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