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Published March 28, 2013, 06:00 PM

Glyndon Fire Chief called to action at familiar address

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a Glyndon basement to catch fire this morning.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Glyndon, MN (WDAY TV) - Investigators are trying to determine what caused a Glyndon basement to catch fire this morning.

In an ironic twist, the homeowner is Glyndon Fire Chief Bob Cuchna.

Glyndon's fire chief had an ironic and unwelcome surprise this morning.

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

Bob Cuchna, Glyndon Fire Chief/Homeowner: "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 hard for them to get in at first but they knocked it down pretty quickly."

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

Cuchna: "It's an annual tradition. We raise chickens and they usually hatch around Easter. We were still keeping them inside, 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.

Bergquist: "They always come at a moment's notice. It can be hard to get people to respond, and they did."

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

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