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UPDATE: House fire in Alexandria early Sunday


Lightning caused a house fire in Alexandria early Sunday morning.

At 3:37 a.m., the Alexandria Fire Department responded to a fire at 1923 Rosewood Lane NE on the west side of Lake Victoria.


Home owner Steven Auran was the only person in the house at the time of the strike; he escaped without injury

Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow reported that the lightning strike blew off the top of the chimney and started a fire in the attic space above the attached garage.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting out of the top of the garage, Karrow said.

Damage totals are estimated at $20,000 and the damage was limited to the garage, the chief said.

Firefighters were on scene for about 90 minutes. The Alexandria Police Department also responded to the early morning fire. 

Amy Chaffins
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. Away from work, Amy and Brandon spend time bass fishing and keeping tabs on their charismatic dog, Cash, who has been known to jump out of the boat to “retrieve” the bass lures.
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