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Heating unit may have caused Underwood fire [UPDATED]

Published 8:32am Monday, February 18, 2013 Updated 8:33am Monday, February 18, 2013


A basement heating unit is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a rural Underwood home Friday morning.

The home of 61-year-old Raymond Benhardus, along 255th Street in rural Underwood, was considered a complete loss. Smoke and flames were visible when firefighters from Underwood and Battle Lake arrived, but the fire was contained quickly, the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department reported.

The home was empty at the time. No injuries were reported.

The fire remains under investigation.

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