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Authorities believe a lawnmower sparked the fire that caused extensive damage to the house at 1308 Wallace Street NE in Alexandria. The blaze was reported at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening and one of the homeowners received minor injuries. Raeshel Betterman | Echo Press

Two house fires in four hours

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Two fires Saturday night reduced one house to rubble and caused significant damage to another.

FIRST FIRE AT 6:31 p.m.

At 6:31 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, law enforcement received a 911 call reporting a fire at 1308 Wallace Street NW in Alexandria.


Peter and Susan Sarberg of Alexandria own the house.

The Alexandria Fire Department contained the fire and the house was severely damaged.

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Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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