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With the recent spate of home fires, state fire marshal cautions homeowners to maintain heating systems

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NEW LONDON -- Four families have lost their homes to fires since the start of the year in the Hawick, Maynard, Granite Falls and Dassel areas.

The most recent fire happened Jan. 9 near Dassel and caused major damage to the home of Martin and Nora Hendrickson. It is believed to have been started in the basement when their son lit some wood on fire with matches, according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Department.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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