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Beldenville flea market has fire; family displaced

A Beldenville family of four was displaced after a fire broke out in their basement in the early morning hours today.

Ellsworth Fire Chief Brent Langer said the fire at N6426 740th St., home to the Beldenville Flea Market, was contained to the basement. Firefighters responded at 4:20 a.m. and were on the scene for about two hours. The family, including two children, was evacuated. Two cats were also rescued, although two guinea pigs died as a result of the fire, he said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Langer said the home suffered minimal structural damage and heavy smoke damage throughout the entire house. He estimated the family will be displaced for awhile.

Pierce County property tax records list the owner of the property as Bradley D. Gardner.

The Beldenville Flea is scheduled to be held on the property 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A message to the Gardners has not been returned regarding the status of the event.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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