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Home heavily damaged in Parkston area fire

PARKSTON -- A rural Hutchinson County home was heavily damaged Wednesday morning from a fire. There was nobody home at the time of the fire and nobody was injured, but the damage was extensive, Parkston Firefighter Ron Maeschen said. Maeschen sai...

Firefighters placed caution tape around a home at 41645 247th St. in rural Hutchinson County Wednesday after the home caught fire. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Firefighters placed caution tape around a home at 41645 247th St. in rural Hutchinson County Wednesday after the home caught fire. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

PARKSTON - A rural Hutchinson County home was heavily damaged Wednesday morning from a fire.

There was nobody home at the time of the fire and nobody was injured, but the damage was extensive, Parkston Firefighter Ron Maeschen said.

Maeschen said crews were called around 10 a.m. Wednesday to 41645 247th St. in Hutchinson County for a home fire. The home is located 6 miles east of Parkston and about 4 miles west of Milltown. The fire was called in by a passerby.

"When we arrived, we saw smoke coming out the eaves and the upstairs windows," Maeschen said.

There's no known cause of the fire, but crews said it appeared to start in the house's living room on the main floor.

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"There's just a lot of stuff that burned, so it's just too hard to tell what exactly was the cause," Maeschen said.

Parkston Assistant Fire Chief John Schmidt said firefighters took extra caution because it was unclear at first if there was anyone inside.

"We didn't know at the time whether or not there was anyone inside," he said. "We ventilated the roof because that was the main concern with the smoke."

Fire crews were on site for about two-and-a-half hours.

Maeschen said the home is owned by Jerry Herman. A woman rents the home from Herman, authorities said. She declined to be interviewed Wednesday.

In addition to the Parkston Fire Department, the New Elm Springs Colony Fire Department also responded.

Firefighters placed caution tape around a home at 41645 247th St. in rural Hutchinson County. The home sustained significant damage after catching fire Wednesday morning. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)
Firefighters placed caution tape around a home at 41645 247th St. in rural Hutchinson County. The home sustained significant damage after catching fire Wednesday morning. (Marcus Traxler/Republic)

Traxler is the assistant editor and sports editor for the Mitchell Republic. He's worked for the newspaper since 2014 and has covered a wide variety of topics. He can be reached at mtraxler@mitchellrepublic.com.
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