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Fire damages house in Detroit Lakes Tuesday

Smoke was coming from the attic of the one-story, wood-frame house when firefighters arrived around 3 p.m.

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The state Fire Marshal's Office has determined that arson was the cause of a house fire at 420 West Avenue in Detroit Lakes on Tuesday afternoon.
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Detroit Lakes firefighters responded to a house fire Tuesday afternoon off the 400 block of West Avenue in Detroit Lakes. Nobody was hurt in the fire, according to Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Ryan Swanson. The house is under construction and unoccupied, he said. The cause of the fire is not clear, and the State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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Police and EMS workers watch Detroit Lakes firefighters on the roof of a house off the 400 block of West Avenue on Tuesday.
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Smoke was coming from the attic of the one-story, wood-frame house when firefighters arrived around 3 p.m. The fire was called in by a neighbor, Swanson said.

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Two Detroit Lakes firefighters attack house fire from the roof on Tuesday, as a third gets a firehose ready for use.
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Firefighters first approached it from above, using a fire ax and a chainsaw on the roof, then went in through the front door with hoses and doused it from inside the home. It was put out pretty quickly, and firefighters only needed to use about 100 gallons of water to do the job, Swanson said.

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Detroit Lakes firefighters on the roof of a house off the 400 block of West Avenue on Tuesday, March 22.
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The Audubon Fire Department provided mutual aid, and Detroit Lakes police and an Essentia EMS crew assisted at the scene, he said.

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