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A hose shoots water out of a second floor window on Pleasant Avenue Wednesday afternoon. The home of Karen Karl sustained heavy damage from the blaze. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Home in downtown Park Rapids heavily damaged in Wednesday fire

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A downtown Park Rapids home sustained heavy smoke and fire damage Wednesday afternoon in a blaze that snarled downtown traffic and brought many onlookers to the scene.


The homeowner, Karen Karl, said she had walked from the house at 211 Pleasant Avenue to the downtown area to run an errand shortly after 4 p.m.

"I wasn't even gone a half hour," she said. The main floor of her home was in flames.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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