Cabin fire results in arrest in Cass County

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire, reported at 5:31 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31, in Crooked Lake Township.

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OUTING — A 36-year-old Sartell man was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 31, after he was found on the property of a structure fire on Peninsula Road north of Outing in Cass County.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire, reported at 5:31 a.m., in Crooked Lake Township. According to the report, responders arrived on scene and found a cabin fully engulfed in fire as well as a full-size pickup on fire near the shoreline of Washburn Lake.

Firefighting personnel and sheriff’s deputies located forced entry to a garage with living quarters on the property. The man was located inside the garage and taken into custody.

The cabin and pickup were a total loss.

The initial investigation indicates that the man had no connection with the property and a search of the area around Washburn Lake indicated the man spent some time on the lake. Deputies also located an additional property that he may have been at.


The investigation is currently ongoing with the assistance of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Formal charges are pending with the Cass County Attorney’s Office.

Assisting at the fire scene were Crooked Lake Fire Department and Emily Fire Department.

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