By Shannon Granholm, The Citizen
Over a year ago, the Hugo Fire Department (HFD) responded to a structure fire at a home on 141st Street N. in Hugo. Two firefighters were injured, and the house was declared a total loss.
Daniel Joe Lewandowski, 40, of New Richmond, Wisconsin, was convicted of felony first-degree arson of a dwelling and sentenced to 95 months in prison. His court appearance fell during National Arson Week last month. He is required to pay a $50 fine and $1,000 in restitution. Currently, he is incarcerated at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud.
A CFD firefighter and an HFD firefighter were both injured during the incident. The CFD firefighter was injured after falling into a window well and had to be transported to the hospital. It was later discovered that an HFD firefighter had injured a knee as a result of fire suppression activities, according to Colvard.
CFD Chief Harlan Lundstrom said the CFD firefighter was just released to return to duty. The HFD firefighter is still not able to respond to calls due to her injury. Compton said she has had one surgery, a lot of physical therapy and is scheduled to have another surgery, which has been postponed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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