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Updated: Fire near Evansville destroys farmhouse

Firefighters from Brandon, Evansville and Millerville fire departments work to put out a house fire at 18450 Stockhousen Road NW Monday afternoon. According to firefighters on scene, it was an old farm house and no one was home at the time of the fire. The house, which is located north of Evansville, was completely destroyed. (Lowell Anderson / Echo Press)

A fire Monday morning burned a home north of Evansville to the ground.

Dean Elmer Dahlen, who lived at 18450 Stockhousen Road, was not home when the fire broke out, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. However, Dahlen’s dog died in the fire.

The house was already fully engulfed when the fire was reported at 11:49 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26.

The cause of the fire is unknown but the resident believes it started from a heater. The house is a total loss.

Though occupied by Dahlen, the home was owned by Miles Olson of Buffalo. Dahlen is Olson’s uncle. According to Olson, the house was about 100 years old.

Douglas County deputies were assisted on scene by the Evansville Fire Department, Millerville Fire Department, Ashby Ambulance, and North Ambulance.