Fire in Rural Koochiching Co. Displaces 2

Created: 12/14/2013 1:17 PM

Two people lost their home after a fire Saturday morning in Effie, Minnesota.

The Bigfork Fire Department responded at about 8:15 Saturday morning, according to the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office.

Capt. Bruce Grotberg, fire investigator with the Sheriff's Office, said a mobile home on County Road 5 was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Firefighters contained the fire by about 12:30, according to Grotberg.

Deputies said two residents, William and Lidwina Martin, got out safely with no injuries.

Grotberg said the fire started when the Martins were trying to thaw out a frozen water pipe with an electric heat gun. Martin tried unsuccessfully to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher, according to deputies.

The home was a total loss, according to Grotberg. The fire occurred 22 miles from the fire department, which was one reason Grotberg said firefighters were unable to save it.

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