Woman loses house to fire

Published 9:48 am Thursday, December 1, 2011

Firefighters doused a blaze inside the home of 214 E. Second St. Wednesday night and early this morning. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Firefighters battled a blaze overnight, and this morning are hunting for clues to explain what started it.

No one was in the house at 214 E. Second St. when the fire began.

-- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Though the exterior doesn’t reveal much, the interior is charred. The interior appeared to be packed with possessions, when viewed through openings. Firefighters arrived at 11:32 p.m. Wednesday after a passer-by reported smoke coming from the house.

The owner was contacted and returned home, according to the Albert Lea police log. Freeborn County property records list the owner of 214 E. Second St. as Roseta C. Montanye.

Albert Lea Fire Department Capt. Mark Light said the home has substaintial structural damage to the first floor and extensive smoke damage.

Firefighters were there for three hours last night, he said. They maintained custody of the property overnight while the owner stayed with a relative. Light said firefighters wanted to look at the home in the daylight today to make sure there was no remaining hot spots and to investigate what caused the fire.

About Tim Engstrom

Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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