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The Halik home was not much more than a shell after burning early Wednesday. Firefighters dumped water in a flat area of ground, then pumped it to the truck that was nearest the house. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Family escapes fire early Wednesday

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Brian Halik shudders to think what might have happened if he hadn't gone bowling Tuesday night.

After arriving home, he heard his fireplace crackling.

Only it wasn't the fireplace. It was the walls of his Lake Peysenske home. The fireplace had ignited them.

Three-dozen firefighters and trucks from Park Rapids and Nevis descended on the home at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures were 20 below zero with wind chills nearly 40 below.

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Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers Hubbard County, courts and breaking news.

(218) 732-3364
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