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Deerwood family safe after house fire

Flames and black billowing smoke burned off a roof of a residential home Sunday on Serpent Lake in Deerwood.

Deerwood Fire Chief John Taylor said firefighters were called at 6:06 p.m. to a one-story, walk-out basement owned by Doug and Jessica Richau on Serpent Lake, near the old TJ’s on the Cove. Taylor said the couple and their children were able to escape from the home with no injuries. Taylor said one firefighter was injured when he hurt his wrist.

“The fire appears to have started in the attic,” said Taylor. “When we got there the fire was going pretty well. We went in and fought it on the offensive, but there was too much fire in there ... The roof is off, but the house is still standing. There is a lot of smoke and fire damage done to the home.”

Taylor said the cause of the fire is not suspicious, but is being investigated by the state fire marshal.

Taylor said about 30 firefighters were on scene, with assistance from the Crosby and Cuyuna fire departments. Taylor said firefighters were on scene fighting the fire until 11:30 p.m., and a crew stayed overnight to make sure the fire would not rekindle.

Taylor said the Richau’ neighbors were helping the family.

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