Fire destroys Sterling home

A three-story unoccupied home in Sterling burned Sunday, according to a press release. 

Central Emergency Service crews responded about 7:30 a.m. to a report of a house fire at 38725 Otter Trail in Sterling and found the 4,000 square foot residence fully involved in fire with collapse. The home belongs to Michael Aamodt, who was notified of the fire while at a remote work site. Investigators will attempt to enter the home today in hopes of locating the cause of the blaze after making the building safe, the release states.

Fire fighters fought the blaze with both water and foam and were on scene for about six hours.

“Crews had difficulty in getting access to the seat of the fire due to the condition of the house and the advanced development of the fire prior to arrival,” CES Health and Safety Officer Brad Nelson wrote in the release. “In addition, the natural gas line for the residence had ruptured and crews were unable to work in the area of the line until ENSTAR was able to dig through the frozen ground and shut down the line going to the house.

The damage to the estimated $235,000 property was calculated at $205,000.

— Staff report

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