By Shereen Siewert
A town of Birch home is a total loss after a blaze that broke out Monday, According to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department news release.￼
Crews were called just after 8 a.m. to a report of a structure fire in the Town of Birch. The initial 911 call came from a home at W3986 County Rd J, Irma.
The caller indicated a fire had started in the garage and was spreading to the home.
When the Town of Russell Fire Department arrived on the scene they found the home engulfed in flames. No one was injured.
Firefighters were on the scene for about five hours. The Lincoln County Highway Department maintained roads around the fire as tankers hauled water from a hydrant at the nearby Lincoln Hills School. Lincoln County Deputies closed County Rd J for the duration of the fire.
A portable heater in the garage is the likely cause of the blaze, officials said.