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Fire badly damages home outside Ellsworth

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

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.