(Litchfield MN-) On 05/13/2021 at 8:31 AM, the Meeker County Sheriff's Office received a report of a house fire in the 20000 block of 654th Avenue in Ellsworth Township. Meeker County Sheriff's Deputies and Litchfield Fire Department were dispatched to the scene.

Upon arrival it was learned the home was owned by Andrew and Hillary Pautzke of rural Litchfield. On the lower level of the house was a secondary kitchen with an unused stove. On top of the stove there were boxes stored. It is believed a small child turned the stovetop on which started the boxes on fire. The fire was contained to the stove and cabinets above. Litchfield Fire Department extinguished the fire. There were no injuries reported and damage was minimal.