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Hartley home significantly damaged in fire

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A Hartley family is picking up the pieces after a fire significantly damaged their home early Sunday morning.

Hartley Fire Chief Brad Meedering said the department was called to Mike and Christina Larson’s residence on Highway 18 at around 2:20 a.m. Upon arrival, responders could see flames around the chimney and east area of the residence.

Firefighters engaged in an exterior attack and then moved inside. Several walls were damaged in the fight, and the home sustained significant water and smoke damage.

Meendering suspected the fire started in the chimney due to a possible build up of creosote...

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