Clarks Grove home severely damaged in house fire

Published 9:01 am Monday, November 13, 2017

CLARKS GROVE  A house sustained severe damage Sunday night in a house fire.

Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. to the home of Todd and Heather Earl at 202 N.E. Second Ave. 

No injuries were reported in the fire.

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Todd Earl is chief deputy of the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, deputies reportedly observed heavy smoke from the roof and visible flames on the south half of the roof, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office.

The south half of the roof collapsed into the house, and severe smoke and water damage was sustained to the entire home.

The fire reportedly started in the chimney near the roof of the house.

Investigators were on scene Monday, one day after a house fire severely damaged the home at 202 N.E. Second Ave. — Sam Wilmes/Albert Lea Tribune

The investigation into the fire is ongoing, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office has been contacted to help with the investigation.

Clarks Grove, Geneva, Hollandale, Albert Lea and Ellendale fire departments and Gold Cross Ambulance assisted.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family at

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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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