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Fire destroys home in Lismore

The Lismore Fire Department responded to a house fire at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday in Lismore. No one was home at the time of the blaze, but four pets — including two dogs and two cats — were lost in the fire. The home is considered a total loss. Julie Buntjer/Daily Globe

LISMORE — Tammi Kremin lost both her mom and dad in the past seven months. On Wednesday night, she lost her home and much of what was inside — including cherished family photographs.

The woman and her nearly 14-year-old son were on their way back to Lismore toward evening when they received a phone call alerting them to a fire at their house. Firefighters were concerned the teenager was at home, Kremin said Thursday morning in the front yard of the charred house.

Thankfully, he was safe with her.

“I didn’t lose my family, so that’s good,” Kremin said. Four family pets — two dogs and two cats — perished in the blaze.

Lismore firefighters were paged to the scene at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday when a neighbor called 911 after hearing windows pop in the home and seeing smoke.

Lismore Fire Chief Jim Weidert said by the time firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring out of the windows on the west side of the large, older home.

“We went in and extinguished the fire and then stayed on the scene for a while to make sure there were no recurring hotspots,” Weidert said.

Fifteen volunteer firefighters were on the scene for about two and a half hours Wednesday night, and Weidert said the house is “probably a total loss.”

The focal point of the fire’s cause is on a fuse box inside the home. Weidert said the fire followed up the wall from the fuse box, charring the home’s interior. The shell of the home remains standing.

Kremin said by the time she arrived at home, the fire was already contained. Insurance agents were on the scene late Thursday morning, and investigators are expected to arrive today.

On Thursday, Kremin said friends were coming over to collect the remains of the pets inside the home, and they were going to bury them.

“I’m thankful for the people in town and the Lismore Fire Department,” she said. “I’ve had calls from church and a lot of townspeople.”

Kremin is currently staying with family in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.

Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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