Family loses home in fire

Wells Fire

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WELLS, MN — An area family is without a home after an early morning fire.

Around 12:15 crews responded to 58533 210th St. in rural Wells.

The homeowner told fire crews that the family awoke to smoke coming from the basement. When the six family members were leaving the house, the fire was coming through the main floor.

“On responding, once we got up to the driveway we could tell the house was fully engulfed. We were fighting 30, 35 mile an hour winds, which made it very difficult,” said Chief Mike Pyzick of the Wells Fire Department.

Two firefighters suffered minor injuries during the fire.

“We had to attack this structure from the outside. When the men started in the northwest door the windows came out and they received some minor burns on their forearms and hands,” Pyzick said.

He said they fought the fire for about three and a half hours.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Pyzick and the state fire marshal met Friday afternoon to figure it out.

The Freeborn, Minnesota Lake and Easton fire crews also responded.

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