House Fire

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(Freeport, MN) Stearns County Deputies responded to a house fire south of Freeport Friday morning around 9:00 a.m. Callers reported smoke coming from the house and they believed the homeowner was still inside.

When deputies and fire departments arrived, the house was on fire and became fully engulfed shortly thereafter.

According to Sheriff Soyka, after the fire was extinguished, the homeowner, Harvey Mayers, 82, of Freeport, was located inside the residence deceased.

The State Fire Marshal continues to investigate the fire.

No one else was injured.

Agencies assisting include Melrose Police Department, Albany Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol, along with Freeport, Melrose and Albany Fire Departments.