Family Members Recall Man Killed in Fridley Fire

April 25, 2018 09:11 PM

Family members of the 24-year-old man killed in a Fridley house fire were reflecting on his life Wednesday.

Firefighters say the man died after he was trapped on the second floor of a home in the 300 block of Hugo Street Northeast during the blaze Tuesday night.


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Officials got the call around 8 p.m. Family members identified the man killed as 24-year-old DJ Wasserman.

"You never think of somebody dying when they're that young," said Rachel Dolan, DJ's sister. 

Family members described Wasserman as quiet, but one of the most selfless men around.

"He worked hard, he would do anything for anybody," Dolan said.

"He was my baby bro. When he was two he was my shadow," she added. "He was my buddy." 

The Fridley Fire Department said three people made it out of the home safely. But Wasserman was asleep upstairs, trapped and unable to escape. 

"I have moments where I cry, and then I just hit this point like right now where I'm just numb," Dolan said. "There's no other way to describe it." 

Fridley Fire Chief John Berg believes the blaze was a cooking-related fire. He said he thinks a grease fire started in the kitchen and quickly spread throughout the home.

Dolan said her sister was in the home at the time, and they're all leaning on each other for support.

"I know she and her boyfriend have some survivors' guilt right now because they were the ones cooking when the pan, the oil, got hot," Dolan said. 

Family members said Wasserman was a Coon Rapids High School graduate who loved hockey, football, movies and music. He also just earned a promotion to supervisor at work.

"He saved up a bunch of money and was able to buy himself a new truck," Dolan said. 

Now family members are remembering a life cut short.

"I wish I would have spent more time with (him) over the last few years," Dolan said. "Life just gets so busy. Once you have kids. I guess that's the biggest thing. I just wish I would have spent more time with him." 

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. No firefighters were injured while responding to the incident.  

Meanwhile the family has started a GoFundme page.


Brett Hoffland

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