Fire destroys home in Brevator TownshipA single story home located northwest of Cloquet is a total loss following a fire on Christmas night.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A single story home located northwest of Cloquet is a total loss following a fire on Christmas night.
The owners of the home, located at 3963 Camp David Road just off Brevator Road on the Fond du Lac Reservation, were out of town at the time of the fire. They were notified of their loss later that night.
According to Assistant Brevator Fire Chief Gerald Pickus, the department received the first page from Dispatch alerting them to the fire at approximately 4:48 p.m. Tuesday. Fourteen people from Brevator, Culver and Arrowhead townships responded to the call with tankers and engines.
Pickus reported the home was fully engulfed at the time responders arrived.
“The roof had already caved in and the house had burned almost to the ground,” said Pickus.
He said he was uncertain who reported the fire, but it may have been other residents or a passing motorist in the largely rural neighborhood six miles out of Cloquet.
Firefighters immediately noted there was a large gas tank right next to the house, so they sprayed it down with water and turned off the gas to prevent an explosion. They then turned their focus on knocking down the remaining flames and putting out the hot spots. In all, Pickus said he estimates they were on the scene for about three hours.
Although no people or pets were in the house at the time of the blaze, Pickus said there were a couple of cats running around outside at the time firefighters were at work suppressing the fire. He said he met with the home owners and the State Fire Marshal on Wednesday, and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation. He added it is his understanding that the homeowners are getting assistance with temporary housing through their insurance company.
“At least they weren’t in the house at the time the fire broke out,” he concluded.