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Fire destroys Maple Township house

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Pine River and Pequot Lakes firefighters spray water Thursday, Jan. 16, on a house fire in Maple Township. Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pine River responded to the blaze in 12-below temperatures. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch
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PEQUOT LAKES — Smoke was visible from as far away as Gull Lake as a raging fire erupted during a frigid morning Thursday, Jan. 16, destroying an unoccupied house in Maple Township, southwest of Pequot Lakes.

The report of the fire came in at 10:47 a.m., Pine River Fire Chief Craig King said, noting the house on the 2000 block of 64th Street Southwest was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. According to property records, the owner is Gerald Paulson, who King said was out of town at the time.

Firefighters from Pine River, Pequot Lakes and Nisswa battled flames for four hours as their self-contained breathing apparatus equipment froze up in the cold. The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport recorded an air temperature of 12 degrees below zero at the time.

The house was a total loss, but the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, King said. The state fire marshal is investigating.

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The Cass County Sheriff’s Office also assisted on scene.

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Firefighters from Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pine River responded to a house fire in Maple Township Thursday, Jan. 16 southwest of Pequot Lakes. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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