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13-year-old Jenkins boy calls in house fire

A 13-year-old boy, who was home alone at the time, knew exactly what to do Saturday when he heard the smoke detectors go off at the residence located on the 4000 block of 12th Avenue Southwest in Jenkins.

Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said the boy heard the detectors go off so he left the single-wide mobile home and called 911. No one else was in the home, owned by Thomas Jungle, at the time of the fire.

Firefighters received the call at 10:30 a.m.

“The front corner of the mobile home was on fire when we showed up,” said Nelson. “The home is still standing, but with all the smoke and fire damage, it was a total loss.”

Nelson said the cause of the fire appears to be an electrical issue with the well pump.

Fire departments from Pine River, Ideal and Crosslake’s Rapid Intervention Team was called for mutual aid. About 30 firefighters in all fought the fire. Firefighters cleared the scene around 3 p.m.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family, which includes two adults and three children. The Red Cross received a call at 4 p.m. Saturday to offer assistance.

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JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at