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Fire destroys Rosemount home early Friday

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An early-morning lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a Rosemount home Friday.

Rosemount firefighters got the call around 4:20 a.m. Friday. According to fire chief Richard Schroeder, there was a lightning strike in the attic of the home on Derryglenn Ct. That strike started a fire that spread through the walls. Fire alarms and light smoke in the house woke the family and everyone got out without injury.

The building itself wasn’t so fortunate. Much of the home’s roof was gone by the time the fire was extinguished.

“She is probably going to be a total loss,” Schroeder said.

Firefighters were on the scene for more than six hours. Schroeder said it was difficult to fight the fire because of the size of the house and because of close quarters between the building and neighboring houses. There was little room to get an aerial in to fight the fire from above, and there was no way to get a truck in behind the house.

The home had been boarded up by 4:30 p.m. Friday. The family was in the process of building a two-story addition on the back of the house.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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