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Fire destroys home near Shell Lake

Fire destroyed a home off County Road 37 near Shell Lake Wednesday afternoon.

Nobody was injured in the fire, but a cat is missing. The two-story wood-frame house is owned by the Mike Brun family. Four people were living there, but nobody was home at the time of the blaze, according to Carsonville Fire Chief Roger Wilson.

The fire was reported by a passerby about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The home is located about 20 miles east of Detroit Lakes.

“By the time we got there it was already burning through the roof,” Wilson said. “The house sits off the road a ways, you can’t even see it from the road — it was burning pretty good before anybody saw it.”

Firefighters were on the scene for almost five hours, working in shifts because of the cold temperatures. A pump failed to work, perhaps because of the cold, Wilson said, so water couldn’t be taken from Shell Lake.

Instead, firefighters sent pumper trucks to tap into hydrants in the Pine Point water system.  

“We hauled it that way,” Wilson said.

Fire departments in Wolf Lake and Frazee provided mutual aid.

There is no reason at this point to believe foul play was involved in the fire, Wilson said.

“We’re not sure what started it, it could have been any number of things. The state fire marshal is supposed to take a look this afternoon,” Wilson said Thursday morning.

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