NISSWA-Firefighters from three agencies responded to a fire at a detached garage at 8:08 p.m. Monday, May 13, on the 6600 block of Clark Lake Dam Road in Nisswa.
Nisswa Fire Chief Shawn Bailey said upon arrival the 24-by-30-foot garage was fully engulfed. The garage and its contents, estimated to be valued just over $100,000, were a total loss. Bailey said the cause of the fire appears to be from a burning barrel located in the yard.
Nisswa fire requested Pequot Lakes and Mission fire departments for mutual aid and about 25 firefighters responded. North Memorial Ambulance, the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes police departments and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office also assisted at the scene.
According to the Crow Wing County detailed tax parcel report, the homeowners of the Lake Edward property are James and Barbara Perrin.
The house, situated about 40 feet away from the garage, was not threatened by the fire.
All counties in Minnesota require residents to have a burning permit if they burn, including Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Todd and Wadena counties. As of Tuesday, Crow Wing and Cass counties are in a high fire danger, meaning fires start easily and spread at a fast rate. The DNR reports escaped debris fires are the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Minnesota and a permit is required to burn debris. Burning is restricted in Cass and Crow Wing counties with variances required.