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Dave Olson, Published June 26 2013

Stormy weather blamed for Oakport house fire

OAKPORT TOWNSHIP, Minn. – The stormy weather Tuesday night is being blamed for a house fire that destroyed a home in Oakport Township north of Moorhead.

The incident was reported about 9:45 p.m. in the 7000 block of 9th Avenue North.

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said it is believed lightning struck the home and melted wiring in the ceiling of the basement, starting the blaze.

He said that is an unusual place for a fire to start, and it made battling the blaze more difficult.

Family members who were home at the time the fire started realized what had happened and got out safely, Bergquist said.

He added that firearms ammunition in a shop in the basement of the home began going off while firefighters were dealing with the fire, but no one was injured by the flying bullets.

Bergquist said firefighters from the Dilworth Fire Department were on the scene of the fire until about 3 a.m. Wednesday.

He said because of the nature of the fire, the home appears OK from the outside, but it was heavily damaged on the inside and likely is a total loss.


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