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Fire destroys rural trailer home; three renters staying with friends

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NEW LONDON -- Fire badly damaged a trailer home located between Hawick and Regal on Thursday night.

The fire started in a bedroom. The bedroom was destroyed and there was heat and smoke damage throughout the interior of the trailer, which will likely be considered a total loss, according to Sig Holme, New London fire chief.

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New London firefighters were called to the fire at 10:27 p.m. when a female occupant of the trailer returned home and discovered the fire, according to Mark Skindelien, a lieutenant with the volunteer fire department. She closed the door to the bedroom where the fire was located and summoned help.

No one else was at the trailer at the time, and a pet dog was able to escape.

The trailer is located on the 24000 block of Northeast 130th Street, or about 2½ miles north of Minnesota Trunk Highway 23.

The trailer had been rented by the woman and two men. They have found places to stay with friends, but it is believed that the fire and smoke destroyed all of their personal belongings. They do not have renter's insurance on their belongings.

The New London Fire Department has offered to connect the victims with the Red Cross or other sources of assistance.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Spicer and Paynesville fire departments assisted at the scene with water tankers. The fire was extinguished by midnight, but two of the volunteer fire fighters remained at the scene until about 2:30 a.m. to guard against any possible flare ups.

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