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Fire destroys home in Sawyer


March 22, 2019

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Firefighters from the Cloquet Area Fire District responded to a house fire on Mission Road early Saturday.

A rural Sawyer home at 1252 Mission Road was completely consumed by fire early Saturday morning.

According to Cloquet Area Fire District chief Kevin Schroeder, the severe damage was the result of "an extreme delay" calling 911, because the two people who escaped the structure did not have phones with them.

"The guy exited the home as it was filling with smoke and couldn't find his cell phone," Schroeder said. "So he had to truck through thew woods and the snow, pounding on doors until he found someone who was home and would call 911 for him."

The call came in at 5:11 a.m., Schroeder said, e...

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