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Fire sweeps through home near Lake Carlos

Smoke was rising out of a home on Sandhill Lane east of Lake Carlos when firefighters arrived Tuesday morning. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)1 / 2
Tuesday morning’s fire was at 2434 Sandhill Lane NE, Carlos. (Contributed photo by Marc Henderson)2 / 2

Firefighters from three departments battled a house fire east of Lake Carlos Tuesday morning.

At about 10:55 a.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a house fire at 2434 Sandhill Lane NE, Carlos.

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When firefighters arrived, they saw a large amount of smoke coming from the residence and a short time later, the house was fully engulfed in flames, according to the sheriff’s office.

The home, owned by Dale Kittleson, was being rented by Matthew Rustman.

The Carlos Fire Department responded to the call and was assisted on scene by the Miltona and Alexandria Fire Departments. North Ambulance and Carlos First Responders were also there.

The cause of the fire is unknown. No injuries were reported.

The temperature at the time of the fire was about 10 below zero with a wind chill of 29 below.

This was the eighth house fire to break out in Douglas County in the last six weeks.

Other fires included:

•December 12 – a house fire south of Garfield at 9355 State Highway 27 West. A woman suffered burn injuries.

•December 20 – a house fire at 605 Nelson Avenue in Brandon. The homeowners escaped and there were no injuries.

•December 24 – a house fire at 8255 County Road 8 NW, Garfield. Two occupants suffered burn injuries.

•December 30 – a house fire at 828 Westwood Drive in Alexandria. No one was home at the time.

•January 14 – a house fire at 409 Elm Street in Alexandria. No one was home at the time.

•January 16 – a house fire at 11000 Chippewa Heights NW, Brandon. No injuries were reported.

•January 20 – a house fire at the Olson Mobile Home Park, 1611 6th Avenue East. No one was home at the time.

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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