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Perham, Vergas, Frazee and Wolf Lake firefighters responded to an apartment fire in Vergas early Tuesday morning. Submitted photo

Lightning causes apartment fire in Vergas

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Lightning causes apartment fire in Vergas
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of an apartment fire in Vergas on Tuesday morning.

According to the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office, a Vergas resident reported the fire after walking by and noticing smoke billowing from the top of the roof of the apartment complex, located at 315 Frazee Street.

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Upon arriving at the scene, the Vergas Fire Department confirmed there was a fire in the attic. Perham, Frazee and Wolf Lake Fire Departments also responded.

Perham Fire Chief Mark Schmidt said there were about 45 firefighters on scene. The fire occurred around 5:30 a.m.

No injuries were reported. The fire was extinguished with moderate damage to a single apartment.

Eyewitness reports, along with damage to the roof, helped authorities determine that lightning caused the fire.

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