Dodge Center, MN (KROC-AM News)- A Dodge Center house is likely a total loss after it caught fire Monday afternoon.

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A press release from Dodge County Sheriff Scott Rose says dispatchers received multiple calls about the fire in the 600 block of 3rd St. Southeast around 1:15 p.m. Responding deputies reported seeing black smoke coming from the structure and neighbors trying to extinguish it with garden hoses.

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The release says deputies did not know if there were people inside of the home. They kicked down the door to search the structure. No people were inside but first responders found and rescued a dog and four cats.

Rose says two brothers live in the home and told authorities they had been there for their lunch break and had smoked a cigarette on the house’s back deck before returning to work. Rose says it appears the fire started in the deck area.

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Officials requested the Red Cross to assist the brothers. The Dodge Center Fire Department fought the fire with assistance from the Kasson Fire Department. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office also responded to the blaze.

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