Fire destroyed a cabin home Tuesday near Boot Lake in Savannah Township, Becker County.
Park Rapids Fire Department personnel were the primary responders on the scene, since Savannah Township is part of the PRFD's coverage area. The Carsonville Fire Department provided mutual aid.
Fire Chief Terry Long said the cabin was apparently a summer home and was unoccupied at the time.
"The neighbor was plowing it as we arrived," he noted.
The PRFD was dispatched to the fire at 12:27 p.m. Long estimated that he was on scene within five minutes.
"We had an engine, two tankers and a support truck, and Carsonville had an engine and a tanker out there," he said, estimating that 20 to 25 personnel took part in firefighting efforts.
Also assisting at the fire scene were personnel from the Becker County Sheriff's Office and North Memorial Ambulance Service.
"We were close to the lake there," said Long. "We set up and pumped water directly from the lake up to our drop tanks."
The cabin was a total loss, he said, but a garage close to the house was saved - thanks, in part, to the neighbor's quick thinking.
"He called it in," Long said, "and then took his skid steer over there and proceeded to push snow in between, to help keep that garage cool until we got there."
Long said an investigator from the Minnesota Fire Marshal's office arrived on scene about the time the fire was extinguished.
"We looked around at it," said Long. "I don't have any information as to what started it. It looked like it had something to do with a gas explosion, based on the way the walls were blown out."