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New London family left homeless in Saturday fire

NEW LONDON – A New London family is left homeless this Christmas after their house was damaged in a fire late Saturday night.

The fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at 413 Main Street South, located near the New London-Spicer High School.

When crews from the New London Fire Department arrived “flames were coming out of the bedroom window,” said Fire Captain Mark Skindelien.

One adult was home at the time and was able to get out without injuries.

Another adult family member and a child arrived home at about the same time that the first individual got out of the house.

Skindelien said firefighters were able to knock down the flames from the outside and then gained access through the front door.

He said one bedroom was “completely destroyed” and there was smoke damage throughout the rest of the rest.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Skindelien said experiencing a house fire right before Christmas is especially difficult. “It’s a tough time of the year for it,” he said.

The family is reportedly staying with relatives.

Crews were on the scene until 4 a.m. Sunday, according to Skindelien.The fire department was assisted at the scene by the New London Ambulance, Spicer Fire Department, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

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