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No injuries in early-morning house fire in Detroit Lakes Monday

The two occupants were asleep downstairs, woke up to a noise, started to check upstairs, and discovered smoke that was “way too thick” to go up and try to deal with themselves, Swanson said.

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An early morning fire damaged a house on the 800 block of West Avenue in Detroit Lakes on Monday.

Two people were home, but nobody was hurt in the fire, which was largely contained to the upper floor of the three level home.

When the call came in at 1:35 a.m., “there was heavy smoke upstairs and no visible flames from outside,” said Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Ryan Swanson. “Our guys went upstairs and put the fire out – they were able to contain it between the bathroom and the hallway.”

The doors were closed on all the upstairs bedrooms, which helped contain the fire, Swanson said. The two occupants were asleep downstairs, woke up to a noise, started to check upstairs, and discovered smoke that was “way too thick” to go up and try to deal with themselves, Swanson said.

The home has one level below grade and two levels above grade, and the first two levels appeared to have sustained little damage, not even much smoke damage, Swanson said. The upper level had smoke damage.

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The family cat was missing when firefighters were there, but they didn’t find it, and it is believed to have been hiding safely downstairs during the commotion, Swanson said.

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