NISSWA -- The investigation of the April 26 fire that destroyed a Nisswa home has ruled out arson as a possible cause.
Mark Germain, Brainerd area deputy state fire marshal, said the fire is being ruled as accidental, but due to the high amount of structural damage they were unable to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire.
"We only know that it started on the west side of the house, on a common wall between the living room and an office," Germain said.
The house, owned by Guillermo Mateo and located on Holman Point Drive South, was burned to its foundation by the fire. The blaze also destroyed a storage shed and started a large grass fire.
No one was in the home at the time of the fire.
The Mateo home was located in a seasonal, remote area on Holman Point Drive and the fire wasn't reported until someone across the lake had seen it. Because of that, Richard Geike, Nisswa fire chief, said the fire had time to grow before firefighters could respond.
The DNR and Pequot Lakes fire departments assisted Nisswa in combating the fire.
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