Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

Candles are blamed for deadly blaze

NEW ULM, Minn. —  Unattended candles are to blame for a fatal fire here that killed six people — three of them with Cedar County ties.
The candles were left burning on the north side of the front porch of the Bohemian Bed and Breakfast, the investigators said. Fire then jumped to the building itself and climbed the structure, engulfing the historic building in flames.

The determination came as the result of an investigation by the New Ulm Fire and Police Departments and the Minnesota State Fire Marshall’s office.
The July 2 fire claimed the lives of Andy Uhing, Hartington, and former Hartington residents, Joe and Dian Bergman.
Others killed in the blaze were Bed and Breakfast owner Roberta McCrea, 48, and her children, Abby Wood, 15, and Savannah McCrea, 3.
A report from the Ramsey County medical examiner said five of the victims died of carbon monoxide poisoning and Joseph Bergman died from burns.