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Fire destroys Star Prairie farmhouse, owner set the fire

Photo by Nicole Whipple

New Richmond firefighters responded to reports of a structure fire in Star Prairie Township on Wednesday, June 7.

Reports of the fire came in at about 9 p.m. and when firefighters arrived on scene a farm house at 2334 County Road M was fully engulfed. The fire had been set by the owner, according to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst.

According to VanderWyst, the two-story farmhouse had been abandoned years ago and as a way of demolishing the building, the owner set it on fire.

"We responded and checked it out and then referred it to the DNR," he said.

Apparently the owner failed to get any permits required by the state to set a home on fire.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Jackie Grumish
Jackie Grumish has been a reporter with the New Richmond News since 2008. She holds degrees in journalism and fine art from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Ill. Before coming to New Richmond, Jackie worked as the city government reporter at a daily newspaper in Aberdeen, S.D. 
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