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Early Morning House Fire Displaces 1, Causes $100K Damage in West Duluth

Updated: 01/25/2014 1:09 PM
Created: 01/25/2014 1:04 PM WDIO.com

A structure fire in West Duluth early Saturday morning displaced one person and caused more than $100,000 in damage.

Firefighters responded to the 400 block of N. 51st Avenue West at about 4:20 a.m. on Saturday. They found heavy smoke coming from the front of the house. Fire officials said the blaze originated in the basement and spread to the attic.

According to officials, the occupant woke to the smell of smoke, found fire coming from the furnace and tried to put it out. He was able to get his cat out, but officials said he delayed calling the fire department.

The house is a total loss, and officials say the damage is estimated at more than $100,000. The occupant was a tenant, and he is staying with the homeowner.

Twenty-one firefighters from Spirit Valley, Lincoln Park and downtown DUluth responded.

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