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Fire destroys Pequot Lakes home; mom and son escape injuries

A mother and her son were forced to evacuate the home and go out into the icy cold with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

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Fire destroyed a house Sunday, Feb. 14, on the 4700 block of Olson Road, south of Pequot Lakes. Two people escaped injuries. Submitted Photo
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A mother and her son escaped fire during the early morning hours Sunday, Feb. 14, when they realized the home they were in was on fire.

The house fire was reported at 1:47 a.m. on the 4700 block of Olson Road, south of Pequot Lakes. The garage attached to the home was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson said, and was going into the attic of the home.

Firefighters from Ideal and Nisswa fire departments were called for mutual aid to assist in fighting the fire as temperatures lingered at 20 below zero with a wind chill of 27 below zero.

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Fire destroyed a house Sunday, Feb. 14, on the 4700 block of Olson Road, south of Pequot Lakes. Two people escaped injuries. Submitted Photo

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Nelson said when firefighters arrived, they learned from the Pequot Lakes Police Department that there were two people inside and they were out. The woman, Amy Moyer, and her son, who escaped, rented the home. Nelson said Moyer’s adult daughter, along with a dog and two cats also live in the home. Nelson could not confirm if the daughter was there at the time of the fire as the initial report stated two people in the house at the time of the fire.

Nelson said the fire started in the garage, but it is not known at this time how the fire started.

The cause of the fire is not suspicious, but the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Office will investigate to determine the cause.

The fire also destroyed a vehicle parked outside of the home. Nelson estimated the property loss of the home and contents to be about $140,000.

There were about 35 firefighters between the three fire departments who were at the scene, which includes about 23 firefighters from Pequot Lakes. The Nisswa Police Department and North Memorial Health Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

Nelson said they were at the scene for about four hours. The frigid temperatures did not cause any issues with the fire equipment. However, Nelson said since it was dark outside and so cold that when they sprayed water that visibility was low between the steam and the smoke lingering.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the people who now don’t have a place to live.

A GoFundMe account has been set up for the Moyer and the teenager by their friend, Amanda Keppers. As of noon Tuesday, $670 was raised. To donate go to gofundme.com/f/subzero-housefire-everything-lost .

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Keppers wrote on the GoFundMe account that their loved ones were forced to evacuate the home and go out into the icy cold with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“Only a small handful of items were salvageable. This family is beyond amazing and have already faced so much in these last few months. With her 19 year old son .., daughter ... and family dog Gus ... Amy is faced with starting over from scratch! What is needed you may ask. Anything and everything! Bedding, dishes, blankets, toiletries, bags, furniture, dog food (Iams), etc...ANYTHING! Please help in any way that you can. Thank you!”

This is the third house fire reported in the past few days in the Brainerd lakes area. Fire also destroyed a home in Emily and Nimrod and all the fires were in subzero temperatures. The Emily fire was fatal and a man and his dog perished in the fire.

Nelson said when temperatures are frigid he suggests people open and shut their patio doors to make sure they open in case of a fire. He also encourages people to make sure their batteries are working in their smoke detectors.

Jennifer Kraus may be reached at jennifer.kraus@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow me at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl on Twitter.

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