Unoccupied Home in Brainerd, Minnesota Gutted by Fire

Shortly after 9 PM on December 8, 2003, a rural unoccupied home "mysteriously" erupted in flames.

The Brainerd Fire Department, a combination paid/volunteer department serving 2 cities with a combined population of 18,000 plus 10 townships, responded with 2 engines and 2 tankers.

Firefighters were on the scene for nearly 3 hours.

The home was declared a total loss and the cause is under investigation.

The Brainerd Fire Department has 4 engines, 2 of which are equipped with Hurst equipment, 2 tankers, a 95-foot elevated platform, a squad truck, a rescue van, 2 Hovercraft, Snowmobile rescue and has a trained cold-water/ice rescue team and high angle rope rescue team. The Department last year responded to 527 alarms, 103 of which were vehicle extrication/rescue calls.