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The home, owned by Mike Burke, is located about five miles southeast of Corsica at the corner of 393rd Avenue and 274th Street. It caught fire around 8 a.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived on the scene soon after. Burke, his wife and two grandchildren were in the house when the fire started, but no one was injured.

Corsica house fire displaces family

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Corsica house fire displaces family
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

CORSICA -- A Monday morning house fire in rural Douglas County destroyed a farm house, but no one was injured.

The home, owned by Mike Burke, is located about five miles southeast of Corsica at the corner of 393rd Avenue and 274th Street. It caught fire around 8 a.m. Monday.

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Firefighters arrived on the scene soon after. Burke, his wife and two grandchildren were in the house when the fire started, but no one was injured.

Corsica Fire Chief Darwin De Lange said the fire appeared to start in an attached garage and spread to the house. He said the cause is still under investigation.

"The house was burnt pretty badly," De Lange said, adding that the house was likely a complete loss.

Emergency personnel were on the scene of the fire until 11 a.m., only to return at 12 p.m. after a piece of the house's insulation that was in the walls caught fire again. Firefighters quickly put out the remaining minor flames at that time.

The Corsica Ambulance Service, Armour Fire Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management personnel assisted at the scene of the fire.

The American Red Cross said it is providing lodging for the family in a Corsica hotel and will provide assistance for the family in the coming days.

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