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Hudson firefighter Jay Penfield exits the Sake residence covered in cellulose insulation. Photo by Randy Hanson

Update: Boys' play sparks disaster

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Two boys using a magnesium stick and a knife to strike sparks started more of a fire than they intended to Thursday afternoon, June 4.


The sparks ignited a cluster of cottonwood seeds on a sidewalk next to the Ronald and Marian Sake residence at 1808 Willow Drive.

From there, the fire quickly spread to the dry grass in the Sakes' back yard, set a brush pile ablaze, exploded a five-gallon gas can, and continued on to the house.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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