Roughly 30 firefighters from two departments battled a house fire Friday, Nov. 16, in Nelson.
The Osakis Fire Department was called around 10:35 a.m. to a residence owned by Tracy Oberg at 150 South Nelson St. Shortly after they arrived, a mutual aid call was made for the Alexandria Fire Department.
Oberg said that he came home to find the house filled with smoke. He was able to get his dog out of the house, but unfortunately not his cat. Oberg’s nephew, who sometimes stayed at the home, was also able to get out before the structure became fully engulfed.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but it was believed to have started in the kitchen, said Osakis Fire Chief Travis Middendorf, who was still at the scene when he spoke with the newspaper.
Middendorf said the state fire marshal was contacted and that he would determine the exact cause and total estimated damages.
Oberg said he was in the process of remodeling the house and it was not insured.
Middendorf noted that part of one floor collapsed, but no injuries were reported as a result.
The house, which was believed to be built in 1886, is expected to be a complete loss between all the water and smoke damage, said Middendorf.
Fire trucks from the two departments were hauling water to the scene and North Ambulance was on standby while the firefighters battled the blaze. Middendorf expected they would be there at least until sundown, maybe longer, fighting the fire and watching for flare-ups.
The American Red Cross was contacted to provide assistance to the homeowner.
Lowell Anderson contributed to this story.