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Fire causes $25,000 in damages to Brainerd home

More than two dozen Brainerd firefighters fought a house fire for nearly three hours early Tuesday morning, said Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek.

Stunek said when firefighters arrived to the Brainerd home owned by Paul Mickelson of Cloquet located at 805 South Seventh Street there were no flames, but a lot of smoke. Stunek said the house was older and had a lot of construction layers that made extinguishing the fire difficult. However, firefighters were able to contain the fire within an hour.

“The house was about 40 percent damaged,” said Stunek. “It caused about $25,000 in damages.”

No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

Stunek said the fire appeared to start in the kitchen area, however, further investigation is needed.

The fire department used three fire trucks to help extinguish the fire.

“This was our coldest night this winter so we had troubles with our equipment freezing up,” said Stunek. “The firefighters did a good job.”

Firefighters were called to the home at 4:35 a.m. and they cleared the scene just after 7 a.m. Stunek said there was a lot of clean-up to the site after the fire was extinguished.

Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office, Brainerd Police and North Memorial assisted at the scene.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at or 855-5851.