WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --

    Storden The Storden

Fire Department received a call a week ago last Wednesday at 112 Highway 30 in Storden about 7:00 p.m. The home was occupied by Christine Barber and her family.         Barber and her family got out of the house safely after smoke was detected coming from the upstairs of the house.

    When fire fighters encountered heavy smoke they were unable to fight the fire from inside the house. At this point a backhoe was brought in to open up the roof to get better access to the fire.



    Despite the fire being contained to the upper  floor, the rest of the house was severely damaged from smoke and water. The damage  was considered a total loss.

    Fire fighters monitored the scene until about 11:30 that night. Fire fighters were summoned from Jeffers and Westbrook to assist in fighting  the blaze.

    The State Fire Marshal was contacted, however further investigation is not expected to be determined.

    Barber and her family who lost their home were provided with immediate disaster aid, through the Red Cross.