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Family escapes house fire with no injuries

Firefighters respond to a house fire Sunday night on Green Forest Circle in Merrifield. Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey - Gallery and Video1 / 2
Firefighters respond to a house fire Sunday night on Green Forest Circle in Merrifield. Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey - Gallery and Video2 / 2

Five adults and six youths escaped injuries Sunday night when the home they were in was engulfed in flames.

About 40 firefighters from Mission, Nisswa and Crosslake responded to the fire reported at 9:35 p.m. at a residence on the 14000 block of Green Forest Circle in Merrifield.

Mission Fire Chief Randy Roach said, upon arrival, the rambler home with a basement was in flames and all the occupants were able to evacuate safely. Roach said there were five adults and six youths in the home at the time of the fire and they were all family members.

Roach did not release the homeowners' names, but according to a parcel search on Crow Wing County's property tax website, the taxpayers to the home are listed as David A. and Valerie D. Trimble.

Roach said the family heard crackling and one of the daughters came upstairs and saw a fire. The daughter then alerted everyone in the household of the fire. Roach said the family tried to extinguish the fire while calling 911 but were unsuccessful. Then they evacuated the home.

Roach said the cause of the fire is under investigation. He said the fire does not appear to be suspicious. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's office was expected to investigate the fire Monday to help determine where the fire started, how it started and why, Roach said.

"All the firefighters did a tremendous job extinguishing the fire," Roach said. "All the fire departments train the same. ... We did an exterior attack until we were able to gain access into the home."

Firefighters transported water from the Mississippi River near the Half Moon Saloon off Crow Wing County Highway 4 to fight the house fire. Roach said the mutual aid departments also responded with their tender trucks that hold anywhere from 2,000 to 3,000 gallons of water; Nisswa brought two tender trucks, Crosslake had one and Mission had two.

Roach said the family did not need assistance from the American Red Cross.

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