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Fire chiefs attribute flurry of blazes to alternative heating sources

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PARK RAPIDS, Minn. -- A spate of weekend structure fires could be the beginning of something worse to come, warns one fire chief.

The Carsonville department rushed from one hot spot to another over the weekend with little sleep in between.

And Fire Chief Roger Wilson warns that the higher fuel costs rise, the more homeowners are seeking alternatives, raising the specter of more burning structures.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

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