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Fire destroys home in Pelican Township

PEQUOT LAKES--Fire destroyed a home Tuesday, July 24, on the 9600 block of Sunrise Lane in Pelican Township. The Pequot Lakes Fire Department was called at 4:48 p.m. to a fire in the basement of the home in rural Pequot Lakes. Fire Chief Tom Nels...

Firefighters spray down a house where a fire started in the basement Tuesday in rural Pequot Lakes. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
Firefighters spray down a house where a fire started in the basement Tuesday in rural Pequot Lakes. Travis Grimler / Echo Journal
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PEQUOT LAKES-Fire destroyed a home Tuesday, July 24, on the 9600 block of Sunrise Lane in Pelican Township.

The Pequot Lakes Fire Department was called at 4:48 p.m. to a fire in the basement of the home in rural Pequot Lakes. Fire Chief Tom Nelson said the fire started in the basement and burned the basement ceiling and main floor of the house. Nelson said the house was still standing, but was a total loss as the floor trusses burned in the middle of the house. According to the Crow Wing County property taxes list, the estimated building value is $191,400.

Nelson said the cause of the fire was unknown and under investigation.

Nelson said the owner of the home, Thomas Kirkpatrick, was outside and saw smoke coming out from under the deck. He went to look and didn't see anything. He went inside and saw smoke in the basement.

There were 20 firefighters from Pequot Lakes and another 14 firefighters from the Crosslake, Mission and Nisswa fire departments who provided mutual aid. Firefighters cleared the scene about 8:40 p.m.

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