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REGION: Man treated and released in fire

A dog died, and its owner sustained minor injuries in a mobile home fire Wednesday night in Grand Forks. Grand Forks Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Coulter said no one was inside when the fire department arrived on scene after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A dog died, and its owner sustained minor injuries in a mobile home fire Wednesday night in Grand Forks.

Grand Forks Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Coulter said no one was inside when the fire department arrived on scene after 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Homeowner Mike Washburn was treated and released for smoke inhalation in an ambulance at the scene of the blaze at 5301 Fourth Ave. N. His dog died from smoke inhalation.

"He was very distraught," Coulter said. "Normally, pets survive because they are so low to the ground. But there was a lot of smoke in there, and it just didn't make it."

Washburn returned home to discover a small fire had started after paper and cardboard was left on the stove.

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Coulter, who said the investigation is ongoing, estimated the fire caused about $28,000 in damage, including about $8,000 to the structure, which was essentially totaled, and an additional $20,000 to the mobile home's contents.

The homeowner was put up in a hotel by the American Red Cross, Coulter said.

Accident results

in minor injury

An automobile accident Tuesday afternoon in Bemidji left one motorist with minor injuries.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and state Highway 197 about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The 80-year-old driver of one of the vehicles sustained minor injuries. Both drivers were wearing seat belts.

The Minnesota State Patrol said both vehicles sustained severe damage.

- Herald staff reports

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