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UPDATE THURSDAY 10:45 A.M.: VIDEO: Fire destroys house in Alexandria

Firefighters battled a house fire on Hazel Hill Road in southeast Alexandria this afternoon. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff)2 / 2

A fire destroyed a two-story house in southeast Alexandria Wednesday.

A passerby spotted smoke and flames coming from the home of John "Jack" Baumann at 3801 Hazel Hill Road and called 911 shortly after noon.

When Alexandria firefighters arrived at the house, which is located just east of Jack's Family Recycling, it was fully engulfed in flames and smoke.

"We just went into defensive mode," said Bill Thoennes, assistant fire chief.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire. Three dogs perished from the smoke.

The firefighters' main job was to keep the fire from spreading into other areas, such as a nearby workshop.

The cause of the fire is undetermined but it possibly could have started from a wood stove, according to the fire department.

Twenty-four Alexandria firefighters battled the fire for about three hours.

The Osakis Fire Department was called in to help provide additional water.

Firefighters returned to the home at about 6 p.m. that night to pour more water on hot spots that were still smoldering.

The house was originally a log cabin, built after the Civil War, and had been extensively remodeled over the years, said Thoennes. Firefighters could still see the logs as fire consumed the home.

The West Central Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross also responded to the blaze. The family was issued food, clothing and other supplies and they're staying with relatives.