CROSSLAKE-A seasonal cabin was fully engulfed in flames early Thursday morning on 38000 block Crow Wing County Road 66 on the north side of Crosslake, Crosslake Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller stated.
Crosslake firefighters were called at 5:58 a.m. to the single family, one-story A-frame residence. Crosslake called Ideal, Fifty Lakes and Mission fire departments for mutual aid. About 30 firefighters responded to the scene.
Crosslake Police Chief Bob Hartman stated in a release that a passer-by reported the fire, which was already fully engulfed. The passer-by said there were no vehicles in the driveway.
Hartman stated he spoke with a neighbor who said the owners were at the cabin Wednesday night, but he thought he had left to return home sometime after 6 p.m. While on scene, the neighbor called the homeowner and it was determined no one was at the cabin at the time of the fire.
The cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation with the State Fire Marshal, Lohmiller stated.
The cabin was a total loss.
According to the Crow Wing County detailed tax parcel report, the estimated building value is $81,200. The taxpayers listed for the property are Mark, Mary and Richard Schabert.
Crosslake firefighters cleared the scene at 9:30 a.m. and left one truck and three firefighters on scene to hit the hot spots.
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office, Pequot Lakes Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol also assisted at the scene.
** Correction to update the address of the property.