LAKE ELMO, Minn. (WCCO) – A fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Tubman’s Lake Elmo Shelter, forcing residents and staff to evacuate, officials have confirmed.

The fire started at the Stan and Doris Hill Home of the facility. No injuries were reported and all 31 residents of the shelter are in the process of being moved to Tubman’s west metro facility in Minneapolis.

Authorities said the cause of the fire is unknown at this time. The shelter is a facility for women and families trying to escape domestic violence. It has 128 beds across the Twin Cities and also offers legal advocacy, chemical dependency support and mental health treatment to more than 50,000 individuals and families every year.

Officials at the shelter said the fire has created a desperate situation for an organization already facing funding cuts and a loss of programming as it prepares for a possible government shutdown.

The facility is asking supporters and the community in general to help in any way possible as they work to give help to the families who have been affected by the fire.

The Oakdale, Woodbury and Lake Elmo Fire Departments responded to the scene and put the fire out. The Washington County Red Cross is collaborating with Tubman staff to provide assistance and personal care items for shelter residents.

Comments (5)
  1. trudybaltazar says:

    Nice job you just showed what the house looks like. It’s important to keep that info confidential so that if someone’s wife leaves, the husband doesn’t know where to find her. Plus there are kids to protect that are staying at these houses.

    1. Drunken Dissed Orderly says:

      I used to have to stop and wait behind the school bus on that road that stopped at that shelter. Very sad to see a 13-15 year old girl getting on a bus outside the battered women’s shelter.

  2. Thug Starr 420 says:

    It’s not really a house. It’s a converted L-shaped motel on the side of an I94 frontage road.

    I drove by this fire yesterday as they were responding. I firmly believe people slowing to 35mpg on a 65mph freeway just to stare at carnage should have their drivers license revoked.

  3. Joe Smith says:

    When it comes to your property, can you see what to expect in case of loss, e.g., hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire? If you are like most of the insuring public you draw a blank on that question. The bigger question is when will you preempt the course setting?

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