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Fire damages house in Osakis

Osakis firefighters battled a house fire Monday afternoon, March 11 that caused an estimated $200,000 in damage, which could result in a total loss.

They were called to the Karla Edenloff home at 12603 170th Street, Osakis in Todd County, at about 4 p.m., according to Fire Chief Travis Middendorf.

When firefighters arrived, they found a lot of smoke and a fire on the roof of the house, Middendorf said.

The cause of the fire hasn't been determined. The state fire marshal was at the scene the following morning and is investigating.

No one was injured.

Eighteen of the fire department's 20 members responded, Middendorf. Two members were out of town at the time.

The Long Prairie Fire Department was called in for mutual aid and manpower. The Osakis First Responders also responded.

Firefighters were on scene for about three and a half hours.

When asked if the fire presented any challenges, Middendorf said, "None of them are easy. Not knowing the home layout is a challenge at first, but we were able to knock it down fairly fast."

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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