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Published April 27, 2009, 07:25 AM

Rancher loses trailer home to fire

Rural Valley City rancher Wanda Etzell had been battling floodwaters to save her trailer home. But she lost the home to a fire.

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — Rural Valley City rancher Wanda Etzell had been battling floodwaters to save her trailer home. But she lost the home to a fire.

Etzell’s home was de-stroyed by a blaze on Thursday. Authorities said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Etzell said the rising Sheyenne River forced her from the home on April 12. She said she was preparing to move back into the home.

Etzell said she was checking her cattle on Thursday when she saw smoke coming from her mobile home. Barnes County sheriff’s deputy Dan Anderson said it was total loss.

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