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Fire destroys Aneta, N.D., home

Fire burned down an older house in Aneta, N.D., on Tuesday night, but three children who had just been put to bed were safely rescued before firefighters arrived.

Fire burned down an older house in Aneta, N.D., on Tuesday night, but three children who had just been put to bed were safely rescued before firefighters arrived.

Lon Zellmer, chief of the Aneta Fire Department, said the call came in about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday on the south side of the town of about 250 in the southeast corner of Nelson County, about 60 miles southwest of Grand Forks.

"It started in the south bedroom, on the first floor," Zellmer said. He needs to do more investigating before determining the origin of the fire, he said.

The house's owner, Mike Spicer, had bought it about a year and a half ago, and wasn't home when the fire was reported.

"There were three children there, with their uncle, and he got the children out and called it in," Zellmer said. "They had just gotten them to bed."

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It didn't appear that any of the children were in the bedroom where the fire started, he said.

The older home wasn't close to any other houses, and the wind was right, so the only structure needing protection by firefighters was the garage, which wasn't damaged, Zellmer said. The house was a total loss and at a certain point, firefighters had to "let it go," and watch it burn down, he said.

Fire departments from McVille and Finley, N.D., also responded, so about 28 firefighters were on the scene, some until about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

Nobody was injured.

It's up to the insurance company whether a state fire marshal will be called in to investigate the fire, Zellmer said.

Spicer's mother, Susan Spicer, lives in Aneta and owns the grocery store and Zellmer figured Mike Spicer and his children are staying with her.

He's been fire chief for about 15 years and can't remember the last house fire in town, Zellmer said. "We've had a few out in the rural areas."

Reach Lee at (701) 780-1237; (800) 477-6572, ext. 237; or send e-mail to slee@gfherald.com .

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