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Sterling mom, 4 kids lose home to fire

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Philip Marruffo/
Sterling, Rock Falls and Dixon City fire departments respond to 1710 Griswold Ave. in Sterling around 3 p.m. Sunday. The single mother and four small children who lived there were not home at the time the fire started; its cause is under investigation.

STERLING – A single mom and her four young children are homeless after a fire, and subsequent smoke and water, heavily damaged their single-story ranch Sunday at 1710 Griswold Ave.

The family was not home, and no one was injured fighting the blaze, which began around 3 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Mike Dettman said.

Firefighters, using a pet resuscitator, were able to save the family cat, he said.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire, and the Red Cross is helping the family, which includes children ages 8, 6, 5 and 9 months, Dettman said.

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