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Home hit by lightning

A rural Pelican Rapids home received minor damage Monday after it was struck by lightning around 5:30 a.m. The old-fashioned two-story farmhouse is located at 17247 400th Street. According to the Pelican Rapids Fire Department, lightning hit the home on the south end of the roof, charring some aluminum roof fixtures and causing some insulation […]

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Vehicle fire burns up grass field

Five acres of grass went up in smoke in Dent on Tuesday morning after a vehicle fire in a field near County Highway 44. The sheriff’s office reported that a man had been using a passenger car to rake hay in the field, which was just south of town. As he was doing so, the […]

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Boathouse fire caused by lightning

A boathouse on the north side of Stuart Lake, northeast of Clitherall, burned down Tuesday after it was struck by lightning, law enforcement reported. The fire was called in shortly before 2 p.m. The boathouse’s owner was not on the property when the fire occurred. By the time that firefighters arrived, it was too late […]

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Lightning may have caused apt. fire

No one was injured this morning during an apartment fire at 1046 Westside Drive. Firefighters are not yet sure what caused the fire in the building’s attic, but a lightning strike has not been ruled out. “Nobody knows yet,” said Police Captain Steve Adams. However, some apartment residents reported hearing a loud bang near the […]

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Fire at Battle Lake storage building

Battle Lake and Ottertail firefighters fought a blaze at a combination storage/residential building Saturday morning. The fire was called in around 5:50 a.m. at 38396 North Shore Dr., an address on West Battle Lake. Firefighters were able to put out the fire in the two-story structure, but not before the building and its contents were […]

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Attic fire put out on Thursday

Fergus Falls firefighters nipped a potentially dangerous fire in the bud Thursday after an electrician reported smoke in the attic of a home at 627 West Birch St. The electrician was at the home to make some repairs when he found the smoke. The fire department was called at 12:50 p.m., and firefighters pinpointed the […]

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Passerby extinguishes fire

A passerby nipped a potentially dangerous fire in the bud Saturday when he used a garden hose to extinguish a newly-started garbage fire. Shawn Armstrong was driving by 515 Linden St. in Fergus Falls at about 3:30 p.m. when he saw an unattended fire in a garbage can. He stopped, grabbed a hose and put […]

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Police investigate Athletic Park slide fire

Police are investigating a weekend fire in a tube slide at Athletic Park. The fire was spotted by some residents just before midnight on Saturday. They had looked at the park and noticed a glowing in one of the tube slides; realizing it was a fire, they put it out with a fire extinguisher. A […]

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Dalton home destroyed by fire

No person was injured, but several pets were killed in a fire at a Dalton trailer home on Friday. The Dalton Fire Department was called to the home at 102 Court St. at 3:20 p.m. Firefighters from Fergus Falls, Ashby and Underwood were called to assist fighting the blaze. The fire was extinguished, but not […]

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Fire burns down Rothsay barn

A barn in rural Rothsay burned to the ground early Monday morning, killing 20 chickens and destroying several garden implements and other items. The fire was reported at 5 a.m. The resident of 1435 390th St. reported hearing lightning strike the barn at the residence shortly before smelling smoke from the fire. The Rothsay fire […]

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