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UPDATE: Willmar, Minn., house fire cause still undetermined, narrowed to 3 possibilities

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR -- The cause of a fire that burned the home at 300 Vos Park Drive around 6:30 p.m. Friday is still undetermined, but investigators have narrowed the possible causes of the blaze.


According to Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin, the three possibilities are careless disposal of a cigarette, fireworks or someone intentionally lighting the fire. Officials are waiting for test results that could further identify the cause, he said. The State Fire Marshal was also involved in the investigation.

The fire started on the exterior of the residence. Neighbors in Regency Estates West noticed a couch on fire and notified the two people who were inside the home. They were able to escape to safety.

The house was a total loss.

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Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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