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Crews respond to house fire in town of Trenton

A home in the Town of Trenton that burned Saturday, Jan. 16 was still smoldering Monday afternoon. (Herald photo by Sarah Young)
TOWN OF TRENTON -- A home in the process of being remodeled was destroyed by fire early Saturday in rural Hager City.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were alerted to the fire just after 4 a.m. at N3842 750th St. by a passerby on his way to work.

Deputies arrived to find the house fully engulfed in flames. No one was in the house at the time of the fire, which was tended to by the Ellsworth Fire Department.

Ellsworth Fire Chief Brent Langer said the home was a total loss.

The homeowner, identified as Kenneth L. Benck, 52, was at work at the time of the blaze. He told officers the house was being remodeled and had experienced problems Friday with the boiler.

The fire’s cause was not able to be determined, Langer said, noting that it was not clear just where the fire originated. Flames were shooting from windows on both floors when crews arrived, Langer said.

Firefighters battled the structure of the house, but Langer said the challenge intensified as it continued to burn in the basement, where a fuel oil container became “compromised” and leaked onto the floor.

None of the 37 firefighters on scene were injured while battling the blaze, Langer said.

Ellsworth Area Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Langer said crews were on the scene for about four hours.

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