An Unorganized Township house was heavily damaged by fire late Wednesday.
About 10:30 p.m., Brainerd firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire on Woodlawn Street, a block from Green Gables Road, north of Brainerd.
The name of the homeowner wasn't immediately available late Wednesday. Everyone in the house escaped without injury, the Brainerd Fire Department reported.
The fire appeared to have started in or near an attached garage and spread into the attic of the house. Shortly after firefighters arrived, the garage was completely gone and the fire had worked its way into the house. A boat next to the garage was destroyed by the fire. Strong winds appeared to be helping the fire spread.
"Thank God," said neighbor Tammy Hedlund upon hearing that everyone was out of the house. "I'm so glad the kids got out alive, that the whole family got out alive. My gosh, how awful."
Hedlund and several neighbors called 911 to report the fire. Hedlund said she heard a popping noise outside and at first thought it was the wind.
Firefighters had the fire under control by about 11:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
The Nisswa Fire Department, the Nisswa Police Department, the Lake Shore Police Department and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and North Ambulance assisted.
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