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Carlton home a total loss after fire

Carlton Fire Chief Hannah Franck looks for hot spots in the roof line as Wrenshall Fire Captain Harvey Korby points during a house fire on County Road 5 in Carlton. Jamie Lund1 / 3
A Carlton firefighter looks for spot fires inside the home on County Road 5. Jamie Lund2 / 3
Several area fire fighters work together looking for spot fires in the walls and spraying them out. Jamie Lund3 / 3

Carlton County Dispatch received a 911 call at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, for a house on fire at 1902 County Road 5 in Twin Lakes Township.

When firefighters arrived the residents were already safely outside, including the family dog, but the home was fully engulfed in flames.

The family watched the firefighters put the fire out and cut holes in the roof with a chain saw to chase hot spots. On the ground, firefighters used a long yellow pike pole to rip down siding and look for small fires hidden inside the walls of the home. Once the majority of the fire had been extinguished, firefighters threw items from inside the house out of the charred window frames.

One of the owners thought a few cats may have still been inside, but Carlton Fire Chief Derek Wolf said while they saw several cats outside, they didn't see any inside.

Carlton, Mahtowa, Wrenshall and Esko fire departments responded to the call.

“It was a good team effort by everybody,” said Wolf. The Carlton firefighters were back to the station by 5:15 p.m.

Minnesota Power was called to the scene to cut power to the residence.

The State Fire Marshall’s Office was called to assist with the investigation into the cause of the fire, which is ongoing.

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