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Residents escape fire on Park Street in Alexandria w/video

Alexandria Police Chief Scott Kent said it appears at this time the fire started in a bedroom and was contained to that area of the house.

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At 6:13 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, the Alexandria Fire Department and Alexandria Police Department responded to a report of a fire at 417 Park Street. The fire reportedly started inside a bedroom.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press
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ALEXANDRIA — Residents in a home that caught fire on the 400 block of Park Street in Alexandria were able to escape safely Tuesday night, Jan. 24.

At 6:13 p.m., the Alexandria Fire Department and Alexandria Police Department responded to a report of a fire at 417 Park Street.  The officers made contact with residents of the home and confirmed all occupants had made it out of the house.

The fire department extinguished the fire and contacted the state fire marshal to investigate.

Alexandria Police Chief Scott Kent said it appears at this time the fire started in a bedroom and was contained to that area of the house. There was both fire and smoke damage reported.

The fire remains under investigation.

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This is the sixth structure fire that has happened in Douglas County in the last five weeks. Other fires include:

  • A garage/house fire at Geneva Estates near Alexandria on Jan. 20, causing an estimated $1 million in damage.
  • A garage fire on County Road 65 near Miltona on Jan. 16. The garage was a total loss, along with equipment inside.
  • A garage fire on Arrowwood Drive near Alexandria on Jan. 7. The garage was fully engulfed and the home also received extensive fire and smoke damage.
  • A fire on County Road 102 across from Chet's Lakeside Inn near Miltona on Jan. 1 claimed the life of Gene DeMartelaere and his dog.
  • A garage fire on Seventh Avenue East in Alexandria on Dec. 23. Firefighters battled the blaze in 30-below wind chill conditions.

Alexandria Fire Battalion Chief 1, Matt Lanoue, estimated the Park Street home damage to be between $90,000 and $95,000 with house and belongings. The house, according to Douglas County records, is owned by Scott Boeck, but was being rented out.
Lanoue said the fire department was on scene for about two hours and that there were no injuries reported.

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Alexandria firefighters battle a blaze at a residence on the 400 block of Park Street in Alexandria Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
Contributed photo / Jeremy Pedersen

Al Edenloff is the editor of the twice-weekly Echo Press. He started his journalism career when he was in 10th grade, writing football and basketball stories for the Parkers Prairie Independent.
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