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Fire destroyed a home in Monroe on Monday afternoon.

Monroe Police say a 9-year-old boy who was watching TV as his mother went to pick up his sibling smelled smoke and found the garage on fire.

He got out of the house. No one else was home.

Police say firefighters heard small explosions, which they attributed to paint cans and ammunition stored in the garage.

Additional firefighters from Sultan, Clearview, Duval, Gold Bar and Snohomish also responded as the flames quickly moved to the main part of the two story home.

Houses on either side of this residence were evacuated. It took firefighters about 40 minutes to extinguish the flames.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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