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A mobile home in Hart Lake Township burned to the ground Thursday. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Home destroyed by fire in Laporte

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LAPORTE -- An 80-year-old woman's home was destroyed by fire on Thursday in Laporte. This is the second house to be consumed by fire in Hubbard County this week.


According to the American Red Cross, a first responder on the scene said the house "blew up and burned down."

The homeowner, Eileen Widener, was outside when the explosion occurred, but rushed inside to retrieve two dogs. Abby, a rat terrier, was rescued. Widener's pug, Charlie, perished in the fire.

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Crystal Dey
Crystal Dey covers crime, courts, tribal relations and social issues for The Bemidji Pioneer in Bemidji, Minnesota. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey has worked for the Echo Press in Alexandria, Minnesota, The Forum in Fargo, North Dakota, The Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Florida, the Hartford Courant in Hartford and West Hartford News in West Hartford, Connecticut. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.
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