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Someone driving on Hwy. 35 saw the smoke from this wood-burning stove at Melgard Monument last week and called it in as a suspected structure fire. Debbie Griffin photo

False alarms cost same as real ones

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A wood-burning stove triggered a false alarm Tuesday evening last week after a passerby noticed smoke coming from behind Melgard Monument, 266 Radio Road, just before 6 p.m. The driver became concerned and called 911, reporting the smoke as a possible structure fire.

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The River Falls Fire Department responded but found that it was Melgard's outdoor wood-burning stove that raised the driver's suspicions.

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