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UPDATE: House fire in town of Martell sends one to hospital

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Ellsworth firefighters were dispatched to a house in the town of Martell mid-morning Wednesday.

Fire Chief Brent Langer said while deceiving from the outside, the inside was heavily damaged due to smoke. Two occuapnts escaped the fire in the single-story ranch-style home but, reportedly, smoke inhalation caused one to be transported to an area hospital.

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Pierce County authorities received the alarm about 9:45 a.m.

A dispatcher relayed to fire units that a county highway truck driver, passing by, noticed heavy smoke and visible flames.

Pierce land records indicate a home at that address owned by Darlene Kerr, W5466 County Road N, one of the two occupants at the time.

The heavy smoke was the cause of a dog passing away, Langer added. He further mentioned crews were on scene for about an hour. The cause of the fire, he concluded, is still under investigation.

Before arriving, Ellsworth firefighters requested assistance from the Spring Valley Fire Department. That request was later rescinded.

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