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Fire heavily damages south Bemidji home, four dogs lost

A fire early Saturday heavily damaged a south Bemidji home. No one was injured, but four dogs died in the fire, officials said.

The Bemidji Fire Department responded to a call of a structure fire at about 6:30 a.m. to the 800 block of Second Street Southeast. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was on the first floor of the home and had extended to the second floor and attic, according to a release from the department.

A total of 21 firefighters used three fire engines, three squads and a ladder truck to put out the blaze and were on the scene for three hours. The fire caused extensive damage to the main floor, second floor and attic, the release said. No injuries were reported, but four dogs were lost in the fire, officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The department was assisted at the scene by the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Bemidji Police Department, Ottertail Electric and Bemidji Ambulance Service.

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