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UPDATE: House a Total Loss; Damages Estimated at $100,000

December 09, 2018 06:26 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- UPDATE: Firefighters say a house is a total loss after a fire destroyed it on Saturday night.  They estimate a total of $100,000 in damages. 

According to the Albert Lea Fire and Rescue, a passerby made a call after seeing smoke and fire coming out of a house on 601 E. 5th Street around 8:00 p.m. Saturday night.  Both police and the fire department were then dispatched to the house on fire. When emergency crews arrived they saw two sides of the structure fully engulfed in fire.  They said entry was difficult because the fire had burned through a portion of the first and second floors of the home.  Shortly after they arrived, they also determined that no one was home or in the structure at the time of the fire.

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Firefighters also said they had to call in Glenville Fire Department to assist with one of the crews. Extra help was needed because of the structural instability of the house.  

Crews were on the scene for about six hours, until about 2:00 a.m. Sunday, extinguishing flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

No one is injured.

EARLIER REPORT:

A family is now without a home after their house caught on fire Saturday night. 

According to the Albert Lea Fire Department and Albert Lea Police Department, they responded to a house on fire on 5th Street East, around 8:04 Saturday night.

Police say the homeowner and family were not harmed.

Several agencies including the Albert Lea Police Department Reserves, Freeborn-Mower Electric, Gold Cross, and Glenville Fire Department were present at the scene of the fire.

Salvation Army and Red Cross are helping the family affected by the fire.

KAAL-TV

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