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Home destroyed near Bemidji after flames shoot through the roof

Special to Forum News Service.

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A home was heavily damaged in an early morning fire Wednesday in Rockwood Township in Hubbard County.

Authorities were called to the scene around 1 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, flames were shooting through the roof, according to a release from the Bemidji Fire Department. Rockwood Township is just south of the Beltrami County-Hubbard County line in the area of Lake Plantagenet.

No one was home at the time of the blaze, the release said, and the fire caused an estimated $109,000 in damage to the structure and the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but BFD officials said it does appear to be accidental in nature.

Seventeen firefighters from the Bemidji and Cass Lake Fire Departments battled the flames for multiple hours before it was under control. Also responding to the scene was the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office, Bemidji Ambulance and Beltrami Electric Co-op.

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