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UPDATE: Weekend fire causes $250,000 in damage

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Officials say a fire that destroyed a garage and burned through the attic of a home in southwest Rochester over the weekend did $250,000 dollars worth of damage.

The call came in just before 8 p.m. Saturday, when a neighbor noticed flames coming from the garage of a house on the 2500 block of Elmcroft Drive Southwest. 

Officials say the fire started when the valve on a propane tank became loose, spilling propane onto a nearby electric heater. Firefighters say the garage was filled with propane tanks, which complicated putting out the fire. The blaze eventually took 8 fire companies four hours to put out the fire.

Officials say the fire quickly spread, engulfing the garage in flames and extending into the attic of the home. The home itself did not catch fire, however it was heavily damaged. Investigators say the displaced family is staying with relatives

Investigators estimate that $250,000 worth of damage was done to the property, as the garage and its contents were destroyed.

The displaced family is staying with relatives.

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