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Published July 29, 2013, 04:31 PM

Fire crews are investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Hawley

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV) - Area fire crews are trying to determine the cause of a fatal fire in Hawley.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Hawley, MN (WDAY TV)-- Area fire crews are trying to determine the cause of a fatal fire in Hawley.

The fire broke out early Sunday morning, and ever since the Hawley community has been joining together to remember to life of the girl they lost.

The damage is indescribable. But over on the side of the home, is something new - a memorial for 15 year-old Rylie Efterfield.

Almost as soon as Rylie's closest friends learned of her death, they sprang into action, together creating a living memory of their best friend complete with crosses and personal messages.

Throughout the day, several people stopped to write their own, or drop off flowers for Rylie, who wasn't able to make it out of the family's home before it was engulfed by flames.

The fire left so much damage that crews are still trying to figure out the cause, but officials say they're not sure if the family had working smoke detectors.

Lieutenant Stephen Landsem - Clay County Investigators: "Smoke detectors are probably the number one thing. Make sure the batteries are fully charged in your smoke detectors and make sure they work at least once a year, if not more."

Malia Bortnem - Rylie's Best Friend: "It makes me really happy that so many people cared about her, and that the community works together to support the family and making donations and trying to help."

Rylie's mother and five siblings are safe. A memorial for the family has been set up at the State Bank of Hawley, both the Moorhead and Hawley Locations, under the Bonham Family Benefit Fund.

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