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Weekend fire destroys house in Belgrade

 BELGRADE - Fire destroyed a house in Belgrade Saturday night.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said the blaze was reported at about 9 p.m. by someone who saw smoke coming from the building, located at 24256 County Road 13.

The Belgrade Police Department was the first to arrive and saw visible flames in the basement. It was unknown initially if anyone was inside the house but authorities were able to contact the homeowner and determine no one was inside.

Despite efforts by firefighters from Belgrade, Brooten, Elrosa and Lake Henry, the house was a total loss. Crews remained on the scene until 4:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office and Brooten Ambulance also were at the scene. Casey’s General Store and Coop’s Corner gas station of Belgrade donated water and food for the firefighters.