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House fire leaves five homeless in Luverne

Charred appliances were scattered on the front lawn at 718 S. Donaldson Street Monday morning, after the house was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours Sunday. JULIE BUNTJER/DAILY GLOBE

LUVERNE -- A Luverne home was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours Sunday, leaving a family of five homeless.

Firefighters were paged to 718 S. Donaldson St., at approximately 2 a.m., according to Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. Mutual aid was requested from both the Hills and Beaver Creek fire departments.

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Luverne Fire Chief Dan Nath said smoke and flames were coming from the front of the house when firefighters arrived.

“We attempted to do an interior search -- we weren’t aware if there were persons inside,” Nath said. Once they learned the family wasn’t at home, Nath said firefighters were pulled from the burning home due to safety concerns and structural issues.

Nath said the neighboring departments were called in to provide additional manpower. The ongoing heat wave was a concern, with the temperature still at 80 degrees at 2 a.m.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Daily Globe and later today.

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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