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An early morning fire started in the attic of the James and Connie Lawrie home at 1320 Bryant Street in Alexandria Saturday, causing the roof to collapse.

Fire guts home on Bryant St.

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Kacie Mercil and a friend, Jordan Henderson, decided to take a smoke break at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

It was a good thing they did.


They were standing outside Mercil's place, where she was hosting a birthday party for her roommate, when they no-ticed flames coming from the roof of a home across the alley on Bryant Street.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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