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The Alexandria and Carlos Fire Departments snuffed out a two-story garage fire in Alexandria on Friday, June 21. The property was previously run as a resort site on Lake L'Homme Dieu. (Echo Press photo by Crystal Dey)

UPDATE Friday 12 p.m.: Lightning may have sparked garage fire north of Alexandria Friday morning

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When Betty and Neal Ostlund heard hail may be coming with the approaching thunderstorm Thursday night, Betty thought she ought to put her car in the garage. Well, her Ford Taurus is still in the garage, hail-damage free with one catch - it's a charred hunk of metal beneath remnants of a scorched structure.


A lightning strike sparked a fire that totally engulfed the building.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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