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Dog dies in Hoot Lake house fire

Published 1:51pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Hoot Lake home caught fire Wednesday evening and a dog inside perished in the blaze. The homeowners weren’t in the house at the time.

The main floor of the house at 1926 Pine Circle sustained heavy smoke damage; the basement had some water damage. Resident Tom Kingston was not injured and his wife, Patricia Kingston, was not home when the fire broke out at 5:24 p.m., according to Fergus Falls Fire Chief Mark Hovland.

“They lost everything on the main floor and upper-level loft,” Hovland said.

Tom Kingston was reportedly outside working in the yard when he noticed smoke coming from the upper windows, but by the time he got up toward the house, “it was too smoky to enter to try to save the dog,” Hovland said.

“The (firefighters) found the dog, but it was deceased,” he said.

The cause of the fire had not been determined as of Thursday morning.

“At this point, we’re looking at the laundry room,” Hovland said. The laundry room is on the main floor of the house.

Fergus Falls firefighters had left the scene by about 9 p.m.

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