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Fire destroys mayor's house; community sets up efforts to help

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A Minnesota mayor's house is being described as a total loss after a weekend fire, KBJR 6 reports.

According to the International Falls Journal, a blaze was reported at the home of International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson around noon Saturday.

Anderson, his wife and daughter were home at the time – none of them were injured, though the family did lose pet cats in the fire, the Duluth News Tribune says.

A GoFundMe page is hoping to raise $10,000 to help with "food, clothing, and other essential items."

There's a Facebook page Support for Mayor Anderson and Carol Anderson as well. It says the family was "not able to save anything from the fire."

Anderson served as a city councilor and mayor of International Falls from 1968 to 1986, according to a profile on the state legislature website. He was then re-elected as mayor in the 2012 race, and his term will be up at the end of 2016.

He's lived his entire life in International Falls, the profile says, attended Rainy River Community College and worked 51 years for the paper mill in the city. He and his wife, Carol Anderson, have three children.

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