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Updated: House on Fire South of Barnesville, MN

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Fire crews battled this house fire for hours today the house is being called a total loss.

It's located about seven miles south of Barnesville, at one point, smoke could be seen in Barnesville.

The fire was reported by a passerby, who spotted smoke and called authorities. By the time firefighters got there the house was fully engulfed.

Terry Szichotzki, who called in the fire says," "You know you don't see smoke out in the country very often, it was pretty heavy black smoke at that time, so I wanted to check it out, see if there was an actual emergency, usually it's just someone burning their brush pile, but in this case it wasn't."

No cause yet, but investigators say it's being looked at as suspicious, primarily because there was no power at the house at the time.

In fact, no one lives there, the owner of the house lives in Fargo. Crews say the scene is too dangerous to investigate at this point and the Fire Marshall will look into it on Monday.

One thing that fire crews struggled with today was the dryness outside, something they say could have caused other recent fires in the area. They say this serves as a warning to be careful when you are burning.

Josh Nack, Wilkin County Chief Deputy says, "Right now it is pretty dry, a lot of brown grass, and dry trees from spring and from winter so things are a little volatile right now."

Michael Stetz, Barnesville Fire Chief adds, "We have been red flagged since the fire in the Hawley Glyndon area, so yeah it's going to get worse if we don't get some rain this dry grass and stuff.

Firefighters in the Barnesville, Minnesota, area are knocking down a house fire that was called in Friday afternoon.  The original call was of a home fully engulfed in flames just after 1:45 p.m.

The home is located on 240th Avenue about 7 miles south of Barnesville. Valley News Team's Nicole Johnson is on scene and firefighters tell her no one lives at the home. The home is apparently abandoned and the owner lives in Fargo.

Stick with Valley News Live for updates on this developing story.

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