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Rochester, MNN (KROC AM News) - Temperatures were in the single digits and winds were gusting to nearly 40 mph when Rochester firefighters were called to battle a mobile home fire early Saturday.

And they were there for about three hours.

The fire was reported around 1:30 am from residence #181 at Oak Terrace Estates along Marion Rd. The Rochester Fire Dept. says the 911 caller reported “fire was shooting out the front door.”

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Crews arrived to find the front deck and exterior wall of the mobile home fully engulfed in flames. RFD says all occupants and several dogs were able to escape. RFD says “Unfortunately, one dog perished on the front deck.”

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Just as the exterior portion of the fire was put out RFD says “smoke was seen coming from the skirting around the base of the home. Crews went to work on multiple sides of the trailer removing the skirting and extinguishing flames underneath.”

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RFD says the cold weather was “a challenge for firefighters, as freezing water from hoselines made for difficult footing and frozen gear and tools. The overhaul operation to locate and extinguish all fire.”

RFD says the deck was completely destroyed, as was the exterior wall near the deck. There was minimal smoke and water damage on the interior of the home. There was significant fire damage to 3-4 floor joists under the trailer as well.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A loss estimate was not provided.

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