The cause of a fire at a rambler-style home at 6797 35th St. in Princeton Township the evening of June 27 is being investigated by three different agencies (state, county and local), according to Princeton Fire Chief Jim Roxbury.
A Mille Lacs County deputy, who was in the vicinity of the residence, called in the fire at 7:42 p.m. Mille Lacs County Sheriff Brent Lindgren reported that the deputy noticed smoke coming out of a vent pipe on the house roof and out of windows.
Flames were contained in the house when firefighters arrived so there was only smoke coming out of it, Roxbury said. No one was home at the time, according to Roxbury and the sheriff’s office. Occupants of the property, according to Roxbury, are Kristy Moody Thompson and Timothy Duane Thompson.
Origin of the fire appeared to be in the basement, Roxbury said. Princeton Fire and Rescue called the fire departments in Baldwin Township and Milaca to assist. Smoke could still be seen coming from the back of the house about an hour after the call but the fire by then appeared to be extinguished.
The fire resulted in a significant amount of fire damage in a portion of the basement and also heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house, according to Roxbury.
At least five fire engines and four tanker trucks were at the scene at one point, along with about 23 firefighters from the Princeton department alone.
Roxbury said the fire was being investigated by his fire department, the Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota Fire Marshall’s office.