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Meeker County house a total loss after controlled burn unexpectedly reignites

A controlled burn of vegetation near the home reignited, burning down the home.

A disaster for a homeowner in central Minnesota unfolded Monday when a controlled burn reignited and burned the person's house down. 

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office says fire crews were called to a house fire on the 21700 block of 55th Avenue in Danielson Township. 

The Meeker County Sheriff's Office says the home caught fire when a controlled burn nearby, that was thought to have been put out, started up again, sending embers towards the house to start the blaze.

The 63-year-old who owns the home was outside during the fire, but their home is a total loss. 

A neighbor of the homeowner, who said the home was fully engulfed in flames and could see smoke from more than 10 miles away, tells BMTN that the homeowner didn't stay there but would visit the property frequently. 

Fire conditions were high on Monday due to dry air and strong winds, the DNR says. Even with some rain across Minnesota on Tuesday, fire conditions remain high for much of the state. 

Danielson Township is near the towns of Willmar, Litchfield and not too far from Hutchinson. 

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