Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Lois E. Johnson
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Barnum home lost to fire


courtesy Patrick Poirier

The charred shell of the home of Patrick and Leanne Poirier of Barnum is all that remains following a Monday morning fire. Nobody was home at the time of the fire, however, a family cat was lost in the blaze.

The home of Patrick and LeAnn Poirier of Barnum was destroyed by fire early Monday morning.

"Everybody is safe," said Patrick Poirier in a telephone interview on Monday afternoon. "I got a call from Kelly (Sheriff Lake) when I was on my way to work. She said there had been a call about black smoke around 7:15 or 7:20 a.m. When the fire department got there, our house was fully engulfed in flames."

Patrick Poirier explained the family had been at their camper at the Edelweiss Campground at Sturgeon Lake when the fire broke out. The couple has four children, KayeLea, 13, Naomi, 12, Alexis, 10, and Patrick Jr., 8.

"We have a camper there for the season," he said. "We had the dog with us, but the cat was at home and didn't make it."

Patrick Poirer said his truck was parked near the house and sustained some damage. The home did not have an attached garage.

"The house was 13 years old in March," he said. "The fire marshal has been out to investigate the fire, but he wasn't sure what caused it because the fire was so hot."

Fire departments from Barnum, Moose Lake and Mahtowa responded to the call.

A page has been set up for the Poirier family, A fire relief fund has also been set up at both branches of First National Bank of Moose Lake.


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