Wood burner to blame for house fire that destroyed home


UPDATE: Fire investigators on scene tell KIMT they believe a wood burner in the basement of the home is likely what started the fire. By the time firefighters arrived, the blaze had spread to the attic. At one point more than 30 firefighters were on scene.

CHATFIELD, Minn. – A $150,000 Chatfield home is a total loss after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon, authorities say.

Fire officials say no one was home at 627 River St. SW at the time and a neighbor called it in. The home was fully engulfed by the time crews arrived and they spent two hours fighting fire in the attic and basement, where there was a significant amount of wood.

The call reportedly came in around 1:30 p.m. and crews were out by 6 p.m. The state fire marshal was called and the cause is still under investigation. Officials don’t suspect any suspicious activity.




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