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Forum staff reports, Published April 12 2012

Fire destroys house near Waubun, Minn.

WAUBUN, Minn. – Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a house Wednesday afternoon about 10 miles east of Waubun on State Highway 113.

Jeff Pittman and a friend were clearing brush just west of the house when Pittman looked over at the house and saw smoke and fire, the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release.

The fire quickly spread through the house, which was a total loss.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Fire departments from Waubun, Mahnomen, Twin Lakes, Ogema and Elbow Lake responded to the blaze, along with Twin Lakes Ambulance, the White Earth Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and forestry officials from White Earth and the state Department of Natural Resources.

The fire was reported at 2:46 p.m. Wednesday.