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Fire destroys home over weekend in Fertile, Minnesota

The family and their dogs are safe, but their house "is a total loss."

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A house in Fertile, Minnesota, was destroyed by a fire Saturday. The homeowner's son said the fire started in the garage before spreading.
Courtesy / Cooper Jagol
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FERTILE, Minn. — A fire destroyed a home on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Fertile, Minnesota.

Cooper Jagol, the homeowners’ son, said the fire started in the garage, potentially near a refrigerator.

Jagol woke to his mother, Diane Jagol, telling him the house was on fire. He got out of bed and went into the main part of the house, where he saw “just thick smoke.” Jagol called 911.

Jagol asked his mother if their dogs were still in the garage because, with his recently broken leg, he couldn't go get them.

“[S]he ran to our back door and got them out,” said Jagol. “I think that … [could’ve] been a different story in two minutes.”

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About 15 minutes later, the entire house was on fire. The fire department and first responders arrived on scene around that time.

“The house is a total loss,” Jagol said.

The Norman County Sheriff's Office transferred the case to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal. The fire is under investigation and no further details will be disclosed until the case is closed and the department's report is processed.

A GoFundMe has been started for the family with a goal of $20,000. More than $8,000 has been donated already. Cloud 9 Studios in Fertile, Minnesota is collecting clothing donations for the family — details can be found on the GoFundMe page.

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