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Arik Reger talks to Lakeville fire marshal Brian Carstensen after fire drove Reger from his home Tuesday morning. Farmington firefighters rescued Reger's cat, and a pet dog also made it from the home safely.

Fire damages Farmington home

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Arik Reger is shaken up, but at least he's alive after the house he was sleeping in caught fire Tuesday morning.

The house sustained significant damage to the garage, roof and attic, but Reger and a pet dog and cat all made it out of the home alive, thanks to a complete stranger.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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