Albert Lea home destroyed by fire

Published 7:13 am Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Albert Lea house was destroyed Saturday in a fire.

Damage to the home and property inside at 601 E. Fifth St. is estimated at $100,000.

After arriving at 8 p.m., first responders reported seeing smoke and fire from the home’s south and east sides, according to a press release.

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They were alerted to the fire after a passerby saw smoke and fire coming from the home, the release states.

“Entry was difficult because the fire had burned through a portion of the first and second floors,” the release states. “Shortly after arrival, it was determined that no one was home or in the structure.”

According to the release, crews were on scene for about six hours fully extinguishing the fire.

“Extremely impressed with the coordinated effort to accomplish the mission,” the Police Department’s Facebook page stated. “Truly professional team!” 

The Salvation Army and Red Cross have been supporting the family, and Gold Cross Ambulance was in support on standby, police said.

Albert Lea police reserves, Glenville Fire Department and Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services assisted on scene.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Online property records list the property’s owners as Hector and Emma Guerrero.

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