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Home destroyed by fire Saturday in rural New London, Minnesota

A home was destroyed by fire in Colfax Township on Saturday afternoon. No injuries were reported and the residents are being assisted by the American Red Cross and staying with family.

Home destroyed by fire in Colfax Township, New London March 5, 2022
A home located on the 22000 block of 10th Street Northeast in Colfax Township, near New London, was destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon.
Contributed / Anthony Rupp
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NEW LONDON — A family is safe and staying with relatives after their home was destroyed by fire Saturday afternoon northwest of New London.

A news release from the New London Fire Department said the family returned Saturday to find their home, located on the 22000 block of 10th Street Northeast in Colfax Township, on fire. They called 911 right away.

Home destroyed by fire in Colfax Township, New London March 5, 2022
Firefighters from New London, Belgrade, Spicer and Sunburg worked for four hours to put out a fire in rural New London and used approximately 30,000 gallons of water.
Contributed / Anthony Rupp

Firefighters arrived to find the home completely engulfed and began a defensive attack to bring the flames under control, the release said. Assisting New London were fire departments from Belgrade, Spicer and Sunburg. It took four hours to put the fire out and more than 30,000 gallons of water were used.

The news release did not indicate the cause of the fire.

Home destroyed by fire in Colfax Township, New London March 5, 2022
A house and its contents in rural New London have been declared a complete loss. The family is staying with relatives.
Contributed / Anthony Rupp

The house and personal belongings inside are considered a total loss with an estimated dollar value of $350,000. The family is staying with relatives and the American Red Cross has reached out to assist, the release said.

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Also assisting at the scene were the New London Ambulance, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad and Kandiyohi Power Cooperative.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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