Home destroyed, 1 injured in Albert Lea fire

Published 2:50 pm Sunday, November 8, 2020

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A home was destroyed and one person was injured in a fire on Gene Avenue Friday afternoon in Albert Lea.

Albert Lea firefighters and police officers were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. Friday for a report of a structure fire on Gene Avenue, according to a press release. When authorities arrived, they found a fire at a mobile home at 1001 Gene Ave.

The home was reportedly fully engulfed, and one person received minor injuries while trying to rescue pets in the home.

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The release stated the person was treated at the scene and was released without being taken to the hospital.

Fire crews remained on scene until 6 p.m. extinguishing hotspots.

Investigators found the cause of the fire to be a short in the wiring of a refrigerator in the entryway of the home.

The release stated the structure was a total loss, and the structure to the east received minor damage due to heat.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-gaytan-family-fire-fund.