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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.


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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