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Fire Marshal: Cause undetermined in fire that destroyed Rushford home

RUSHFORD, Minn. (FOX47) -- According to a 23-page report from the State Fire Marshal, authorities cannot determine the cause of the fire that destroyed a rural Rushford home on Halloween.

Several potential causes have been ruled out for the fire that is being called "accidental" but also "undetermined."

All six members of the Jared and Erin Cords family went to the hospital. Jared and their three girls were treated at the Burn Center at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. Their youngest, Peyton, was the last to be released, just before Christmas after a 51-day stay.

According to the report, the fire started somewhere on the lower level and north side of the house. But because of the severity of the damage to the home, authorities cannot determine exactly where it started.

Investigators do not believe the fire was intentionally set. The report also said the fire was not weather-related.

Investigators believe it is very unlikely the fire was due to an electrical problem. The house was built in 2007 and Jared Cords is an electrician, according to the report.

The Cords family has received an incredible amount of support through fundraisers in Rushford and throughout the area. There will be another one put on by Rushford-Peterson schools this Friday -- a soup dinner from 5 until 8 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

Byron Tollefson

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