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Published March 28, 2013, 10:11 PM

Fire breaks out at Fire Chief's home

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a Glyndon basement to catch fire this morning. In an ironic twist, the homeowner is Glyndon Fire Chief Bob Cuchna.

By: Becky Parker, WDAZ

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a Glyndon basement to catch fire this morning. In an ironic twist, the homeowner is Glyndon Fire Chief Bob Cuchna.

Cuchna was on his way to an emergency in Fargo, where he is a firefighter, when he saw an alarming alert come in.

Bob: "We use an electronic texting system and I just happened to look on the way to this call and here, lo and behold, was my address on there. So, I was a little concerned."

The basement of his home had caught fire, sending smoke throughout the house.

Bill Bergquist, Clay County Sheriff: "It was a little difficult when they first got here to get into the house, but I think they were able to knock it down pretty quick."

No one was injured in the fire, but Bob's wife was home at the time along with a couple of dogs and a bunch of baby chickens."

Bob: "It's an annual tradition, we incubate some eggs and they usually hatch around Easter. We started a little early this year and its been kind of cold, so we still have them cooped up in a little box in the house, but they are about ready to go outside. Now they have to."

As part of the firefighting community, Bob was grateful to several agencies that showed up to help -- the Clay County Sheriff, F-M Ambulance, along with Glyndon, Dilworth, and Hawley fire departments.

Bob: "They always come at a moment's notice. We all have problems getting enough crews together during the day, and we called, they came, and I sure appreciate it."

The home suffered damage to the basement and smoke throughout, but Cuchna says everything is repairable.

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