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news River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Firefighters were called to a town of River Falls house for a blaze that had engulfed the attached garage and had spread to the house at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.

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Firefighters from Ellsworth and Spring Valley were called to assist.

Strong winds hampered the firefighting efforts and the house, at W7678 770th Ave., was a total loss.

There were no injuries to the home occupants or to responders. Firefighters left the scene just after 3 p.m. but were called back later that night to extinguish "hot spots" that flared up from the wind blowing embers.

The cause of the fire was a turkey frying unit being used in the garage.

Pierce County property records indicate the home is owned by Jacob R. Swenson and improvements on the five-acre parcel are valued at about $150,000.

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