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Pierce County house fire under investigation

Ellsworth firefighters said investigation into a fire at this Hager City home was turned over to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Mike Longaecker / RiverTown Multimedia

TOWN OF TRENTON — The Pierce County Sheriff's Office was investigating a weekend fire that displaced the resident of a Hager City-area home.

Ellsworth Fire Chief Brent Langer said the home at W7680 165th Ave. in the town of Trenton was left uninhabitable after the fire, first reported at 6:41 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. He said investigation of the fire's cause was turned over to the sheriff's office.

The fire appeared to start in the basement, Langer said, and left heavy structural damage to the floor, along with smoke damage. The resident and three pets all escaped the fire without injury, Langer said. None of the 48 Ellsworth firefighters who responded were injured, nor were any of the assisting firefighters from Red Wing.

Property records list the homeowners as Daryl A. and Mary E. Ekholm.

Firefighters cleared the scene just after 9 p.m.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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