Fire causes extensive damage to house near Garfield

Garfield and Alexandria fire departments were on scene.

Garfield firefighters, including Jed Tatro, chief, and Eric Reiber, first assistant chief, were on the scene of a house fire Monday, Oct. 11, in LaGrand Township. Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office, along with the Garfield and Alexandria fire departments, were called out Monday, Oct. 11, at about 8:30 p.m. for a possible house fire at 7300 10th Ave. SW near Garfield.

According to the sheriff's report, deputies arrived at the location and saw flames on one side of the house. The house was dark, the door was locked and no one was home. The owner of the home, Mario Rodriquez, 42, had left the house around noon and verified that nobody was at the home at the time of the fire, according to the sheriff's office.

A short time after the Garfield Fire Department arrived, the Alexandria Fire Department was called for mutual aid. The fire was extinguished, but not before extensive damage was done to the house and its contents.


The fire appears to have started in the kitchen area of the house. The exact cause is unknown, but it does not appear to be suspicious, according to the sheriff's report.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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