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Smoke leads deputy to burning house in Sargeant

By Tim Ruzek

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

SARGEANT — Thick, black smoke led a Mower County sheriff’s deputy to an abandoned home engulfed in flames Wednesday night in rural Sargeant.

The deputy spotted a large amount of smoke and drove to the property, where a two-story house was afire, Sheriff Terese Amazi said. Hayfield firefighters then responded to the scene at 65253 320th Street, shortly after 10 p.m.

Authorities spoke with the property owner’s 48-year-old son from Brownsdale, who said he earlier had cleaned up branches and yard waste at the property, put those materials inside the abandoned house, lit them on fire and left, Amazi said.

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The home didn’t have insurance on it, she said.

Amazi said the man should have obtained a burning permit and removed materials, such as carpeting and shingles, that are illegal to burn.

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