Home destroyed by fire early Monday morning
Hubbard County Sheriff's Office received a call of a house fire at 3:37 a.m. Monday. The home, located on Fish Hook Drive, is approximately three miles north of Park Rapids.
According to a news release, upon arrival deputies found the single-story house fully engulfed in flames and the occupants safely outside.
Bailey Moore and Alex Barnaal, who are renting the home, say they were awakened by a noise outside.
"It sounded like a really loud furnace," said Moore, a 2013 Park Rapids graduate. "I think it was the propane tanks attached to the outdoor grill expanding and preparing to blow — or the flames. I'm not sure."
When Moore opened their bedroom door, she could smell smoke. They had a bonfire earlier that night, so Moore said this wasn't suspicious at first. But when she looked out their front door window, flames were visible outside.
"I saw flames, called 911 and got my boyfriend and the dog," she said.
They were able to safely exit just before the grill's propane tanks exploded, blowing off the deck, Moore said.
"We got out of there just in time."
The Park Rapids Fire Department arrived and extinguished the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown. The incident remains under investigation by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.
The couple had been living in the rental since last July. They are currently staying with Moore's parents "until we can get back on our feet," Moore said. "We were able to salvage some stuff, but there was smoke damage. It's a complete loss of 90 percent of our things."
Friends, family and community members have already reached out to the couple to offer supplies, clothing, etc. A GoFundMe page is in the works. Moore said they are grateful for the help.
Property owners Linda and Steve Haugland said they have not decided whether or not they will rebuild the home.