Former Vikings RB Dave Osborn Narrowly Escapes Arson Fire

Dave Osborn was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the thirteenth round of the 1965 NFL Draft out of the University of North Dakota (and played his high school football in Cando, ND). In eleven seasons with the Vikings, he rushed for 4,320 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Back on August 26, Osborn was babysitting his granddaughter at his daughter's home in Apple Valley when the house caught on fire. Six people were in the house at the time. . .Osborn, his wife, his granddaughter, and three other girls that were there for a sleepover. . .and all of them escaped safely. Today, a 21-year old Apple Valley man admitted to setting the fire intentionally.

With a soda can full of gasoline, Ferrarese lit a fire on the home's front porch, according to the criminal complaint. Ferrarese, the complaint said, had had an ongoing dispute with Osborn's 19-year-old grandson, who was not home at the time.

Osborn and his wife were asleep when they heard a strange noise. They saw flames inside and outside the front door of the house.

They woke their granddaughter and three other girls who were staying overnight at the home and got them out the back door. The blaze eventually overtook the house and went through the attic, resulting in a total loss, Backstrom said.

I don't recall seeing anything about this story at the time, though it's possible that I just outright missed it. Thankfully, everybody got out okay and nobody was killed or even injured.

According to the story, the maximum sentence that can be sought in this case is four years and nine months. Doesn't really seem like enough for something that could have, potentially, resulted in six deaths, but I don't make the laws.

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