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No foul play suspected in Blueberry Pines Golf Course fire

The lodge at Blueberry Pines golf course is seen engulfed in flames Wednesday, Jan. 2. Forum News Service

MENAHGA, Minn.—Eleven fire departments used about 300,000 gallons of water in an attempt to douse a fire that completely destroyed the Blueberry Pines Golf Course lodge Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The Wadena County Sheriff's Office received numerous calls regarding a fire at the Blueberry Pines Golf Course just before 4 p.m. Wednesday. Upon the arrival of the first law enforcement, flames were already visible from the building, according to a Wadena County Sheriff's Office news release.

Through investigation, it was learned that an employee had filled an enclosed fireplace in the basement with wood around 2:45 p.m. Propane was the main heating source and the wood stove was a supplemental heat source. No foul play is suspected.

The sheriff's office said no one was present at the time of the fire and no one was injured. The building is a complete loss.

This story has been updated. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

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