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Home fire in Sacred Heart, Minn., displaces 14 people from two families

SACRED HEART — A fire Saturday night damaged a Sacred Heart home and left two related families who were living there seeking temporary shelter.

The household includes 14 people, including 11 children ranging in age from 2 to 16 years.

Everyone was able to get out safely and there were no injuries, according to Sacred Heart Fire Chief Jeff Agre.

Two of the adults were out of town at the time of the fire.

The families are staying with relatives in Granite Falls and the American Red Cross is providing them with food and clothing to “tide them over until they figure out what they’re going to do,” said Barb Billmeier, from the Redwood-Renville chapter of the American Red Cross.

Agre said the fire started in a bedroom of the two-story home, located at 521 Second Ave. S. in Sacred Heart.

He said the fire was contained to the bedroom and that he believes the home could be repaired and inhabited again.

“There’s a lot of smoke damage,” said Agre. “They can’t live there ’til it gets cleaned up.”

Agre said the fire may have been caused by electrical problems but the investigation is still under way by the Renville County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal.

The fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Sacred Heart Fire Department was on the scene for about two hours, said Agre.

The Sacred Heart Police Department and the Renville County Sheriff’s Office also assisted at the scene.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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