A residential home in Columbus was classified as a total loss after a fire broke out early Saturday morning. The Forest Lake Fire Department responded to a call at 3:14 a.m. on May 3 of a house on fire on the 1600 block of Kettle River Boulevard in Columbus. All residents were able to escape the fire with minor injuries and smoke inhalation, and were transported to a hospital for care. 

The department arrived to find the house with a substantial fire, but not totally involved.  Because the house was in an area without hydrants, tanker trucks had to cart in water. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Fire departments from Lino Lakes, Wyoming, Scandia, and Hugo assisted in the effort.

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