UPDATE: Investigators are treating a fire near Byron Tuesday evening as suspicious. At the same time, the city alerted residents about the potential of discolored water because of the fire aftermath.
The City of Byron issued the warning on social media Wednesday. According to the city, some residents need to check the tap before using their water. The color may be due to when the firefighters were using the hydrant during the fire, the use may have caused the sediment buildup on the pipes to loosen.
Crews rushed to the blaze at an abandoned house east of Byron, on 7th Street Northeast, just before 6:30 p.m. Due to the building having little value, fire fighters let it burn to the ground.
The property is owned by Remold Trust.
A neighbor told our crew on the scene there was someone occupying the property living in a camper recently. The Olmsted County Sheriff's office closed off the road as the Byron Fire Department fought the flames. The sheriff's office is now calling this a suspicious fire.
The city said the water issue would only affect the Byron Towne Village area. However, the city asks residents to run cold water to avoid filling up water heaters with discolored water.
PREVIOUS STORY: Emergency crews responded to a fire at an abandoned building near Byron Tuesday evening.
It happened on Seventh Street Northeast between 10th Avenue Northeast and County Road Three, just east of Byron around 6:30 p.m.
Neighbors told KTTC there was someone occupying the property living in a camper recently, but it appeared that the structure itself had been abandoned.
Neighbors say no one was living there right now.
The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office closed off the road as the Byron Fire Department fought the flames.