No injuries reported early Tuesday in rural Litchfield, Minnesota, fire but house may be total loss

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office, along with first responders, responded to a house fire in Darwin Township over the early morning hours Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the house sustained severe damage. fire.jpg
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DARWIN — A fire believed to have spread from an outside garbage can caused severe damage early Tuesday to a Darwin Township home.

Litchfield and Dassel fire departments, Mayo ambulance and the Meeker County Sheriff's Office responded to the house fire in the 65200 block of 225th Street in Darwin Township.

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The home sustained so much damage that it may be deemed a total loss, according to a news release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported.

The fire was reported at 1:48 a.m. Tuesday. The homeowner was identified as 35-year-old Cooper Barrick, according to the release.

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