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Published February 15, 2010, 01:01 PM

Fire sweeps through Minn. home, claims 2 lives

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - A fire that swept through a New Ulm home has claimed two lives.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - A fire that swept through a New Ulm home has claimed two lives.

Police and fire officials were called to the home Sunday about 6:45 p.m. Two people were found inside and taken to New Ulm Medical Center, where they died.

They were identified Monday as 68-year-old David George Gulden and 54-year-old Marlene Anne Gulden. David Gulden was a former New Ulm police officer.

Authorities say the first fire truck that responded ran out of water. A second truck arrived but couldn't get up the Guldens' long and narrow driveway, which wasn't fully cleared of snow.

Fire Chief Paul Macho tells WCCO-TV firefighters had little choice but to "sit there and watch the house burn." Investigators say the fire apparently started in the garage.

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