Fire destroys home

A fire that destroyed the Annar and Marilyn Pettersen home at 516 E. 316th Street north of Vermillion early Friday morning kept members of the Vermillion Fire Department busy for much of the day. Firefighters, in fact, had to be called back to the fire scene at approximately 3 p.m. this afternoon to cool down a hot spot. Clay County Sheriff Andy Howe said the fire was reported by the Pettersens at 4:36 a.m. Smoke detectors woke the couple, the only residents of the house, in time for them to escape. The house was engulfed in flames by the time firemen arrived. Assistance was provided by the Gayville Fire Department. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined. (Photo by David Lias)

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