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Firefighters from Cottage Grove hold a line on hot spots at a house fire Friday in Afton while a backhoe demolishes the home's remains. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

Candle suspected in fire that destroyed Afton home

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Firefighters suspect a knocked-over candle was responsible for a fire that completely destroyed an Afton home early Friday.

No residents or firefighters were hurt in the residential structure fire, located at 1171 Manning Ave. S.

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Capt. Dave Schneider of the Lower St. Croix Fire Department said a resident called in a possible structure fire at 4:18 a.m.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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