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Erin Prairie log home total loss in early morning blaze

Not much was left of this town of Erin Prairie log home after an early morning fire March 12. The chimney and a few walls are all that is left. Photo courtesy of New Richmond Fire & Rescue1 / 3
Crews fight a fire at a town of Erin Prairie log home as dawn breaks Tuesday, March 12. Photo courtesy of New Richmond Fire & Rescue2 / 3
A log home at 1769 160th St. in the town of Erin Prairie was deemed a total loss after an early morning blaze March 12. Photo courtesy of New Richmond Fire & Rescue3 / 3

An Erin Prairie log home was deemed a total loss after an early morning fire Tuesday.

New Richmond Fire & Rescue responded to a call at 4:12 a.m. March 12, at 1769 160th St. in Erin Prairie Township.

According to Fire Chief Jim VanderWyst, the call came in from a neighbor, but by the time his department arrived on the scene, the fire was well underway pouring out of all the windows in a two-story log home.

"It had a good head start on us. When we arrived, there was fire coming out of every single window and door and the roof line already. Thankfully, no one was home. Unfortunately, it was a total loss," said VanderWyst.

Unlike a number of recent fires, crews did not have to battle frigid temperatures in addition to the fire.

"It was a little frosty but we were able to get the guys rotated out and warmed up. It was manageable," said VanderWyst.

A number of other departments assisted New Richmond in battling the fire. Somerset and Deer Park provided tenders. Roberts had an engine company on the scene. Hudson initially provided station coverage then responded to the scene once Baldwin took over station coverage.

No injuries were reported on behalf of the responding departments.

New Richmond Fire & Rescue with assistance from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department was still trying to locate the homeowners. St. Croix County property records list Kimberly L. Johnson as the property owner. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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