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Wood stove blamed for house fire

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Standing in the living room, looking into the garage where a wood burning stove once was, a resident at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast, along with Alexandria Firefighter Bill Thoennes, looks over damage from a fire. The wood burning stove, which was moved outside, is the probable cause of the fire. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 2 / 4
Alexandria Firefighter Mark Bergerson winds up the cord on a fan after a fire broke out at a residence at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast shortly before noon Monday, Feb. 12. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 4
Alexandria Firefighter Bill Thoennes, along with a resident, looks over the wood burning stove that is the probable cause of a fire Monday afternoon in Alexandria. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 4 / 4

A wood stove in a garage is the probable cause of a house fire Monday in southeast Alexandria.

The Alexandria Fire Department was called to a residence at 3505 Maple Drive Southeast shortly before noon Monday, Feb. 12.

The homeowners, Douglas and Camille Norris, were not home at the time of the fire. However, their two sons, along with a friend, and dogs were home, but were able to get out of the house, according to the Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow.

The fire was quickly contained when one of the men dumped a 5-gallon bucket of water on it. And once firefighters arrived, they were able to control the fire using two extinguishers and then move the wood burning stove outside and out of the garage, which is attached to the house.

One of the men was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. There was minimal damage reported.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, North Ambulance and Minnesota State Patrol also responded to the call.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste Edenloff, a reporter for the Echo Press, has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from May of 1999 to February 2011, and is happy to be back and once again sharing the stories of the people in this community. Besides being a reporter, Celeste is a certified fitness instructor and enjoys teaching bootcamp classes through Snap Fitness. She also enjoys running and has participated in more than 170 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.


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