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Cause of fire that caused 2 people to jump from window remains unknown

Residents jumped from second-story window to avoid blaze.

MOORHEAD — Two people escaped serious injury after jumping from a second-story window of a rural Clay County home that was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning, Dec. 8, according to Clay County Sheriff Mark Empting.

The cause was not certain as of Thursday, but arson was not suspected, he said.

Empting said the fire in the 4400 block of Highway 52 South was reported about 7:55 a.m., and the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

He said two adults, a man and a woman, were slightly injured when they jumped from a second-story window to avoid the flames. He said the individuals transported themselves to a hospital.

Empting said a number of animals that were in the home at the time of the fire were lost.

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Firefighters from Dilworth, Moorhead and Sabin responded to the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation.

While the cause of Wednesday's fire had yet to be determined, Empting noted that when temperatures turn colder, things like wood-burning stoves can be problematic if they aren't kept clean and maintained properly.

He observed that Wednesday morning's fire was the second serious house fire in the area in as many weeks, the other being a fire that destroyed a rural home in Cass County.

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