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Ellsworth fire fighters make their way towards the inside of the burning home.

Fire badly damages home outside Ellsworth

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The Dawn McPherson home at N4175 610th Ave. in the town of Ellsworth was badly damaged by a fire Monday evening.

Authorities received a call from a neighbor who saw flames about 10 p.m. The first sheriff's deputy heading to the scene told the dispatcher she could see flames from Hwy. 10, more than a mile away.


When Ellsworth Fire and Ambulance crews arrived, they were uncertain whether the two-story home was occupied. A neighbor had shut off an LP tank outside the house prior to the fire department's arrival. It wasn't until about 10:20 p.m. that the homeowner arrived and verified there was no one in the house.

A witness said there was loss of animal life, possibly chickens. Three persons were displaced by the fire including McPherson, Rebecca Eckert and her child.

Pierce-Pepin Electric Cooperative was called to assist with disconnecting power.

Pierce County land records indicate improvements on the 1.55 acre parcel are valued at $142,300. The house is about a mile west of CTH DD and about 2.5 miles southeast of Ellsworth village limits.

The fire remains under investigation.

Sean Scallon
Sean Scallon has been a reporter and Sports Editor at the Pierce County Herald newspaper in Ellsworth since 1998. He holds a bachelors degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's also worked at newspapers in Glenwood City, Wisconsin; Marion, Illinois and Shawano, Wisconsin. Sean also works as a sports reporter for other newspapers and websites in RiverTown Multimedia from River Falls to Hudson to New Richmond and Red Wing.
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