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House fires displace county residents


February 7, 2020

Ranta family photo

Elisha Plews-Keinanen, left, and Lena Ranta, back, along with sons Marley and Zack, were displaced from the duplex they rented on 13th Street in Cloquet after a fire Saturday evening. A resident in the upstairs apartment was also displaced.

Mike Creger and Jana Peterson

Fires this past week have displaced at least seven people in north Carlton County.

A family of four in the lower unit of a duplex on the 100 block of 13th Street in Cloquet had to move to a hotel this week after a suspected electrical fire set a couch on fire early Saturday evening. The fire spread and there was heavy smoke damage. A woman who lived in the upper duplex was also forced to find housing and is living with family members. Everyone evacuated safely.

Early Monday morning in Thomson Township, north of Jay Cooke State Park, a couple reported a garage...

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