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Two injured in Garfield fire

Firefighters from Garfield and Brandon battled a house fire that started during the early morning hours of Christmas Eve. Wind chill temperatures were near 30 below zero. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)1 / 3
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Two people were injured in a house fire near Garfield Christmas Eve morning.

They are Darrell and Judy Williams, who live at 8255 County Road 8 NW, Garfield.

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Shortly after 5 a.m., Darrell Williams, wearing only his pajamas and socks, ran over to his neighbor’s house and pounded on the door, saying that his house was on fire, according to the neighbor, who called 911.

Judy Williams was in the garage and was helped out by firefighters.

They both were suffering from burns and smoke inhalation and were transported to the Douglas County Hospital, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Darrell Williams was transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center and his condition is not known. Judy Williams was transferred to St. Cloud Hospital and she was listed in good condition.

The house is a complete loss. The cause is under investigation.

The fire happened along County Road 8 (the Barrett Road), just west of the intersection with County Road 40. The Garfield Fire Department received mutual aid from Brandon. The sheriff’s office and North Ambulance also responded.

Portions of County Road 8 were shut down as a result of the fire.

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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