Cabin explosion

A cabin on Prairie Lake exploded Saturday, Feb. 2. No one was home at the time and there were no reported injuries. Pictured above, Cameron firefighters pack up gear after responding to the scene in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue. The cabin once stood in the center of the picture, but is now a pile of debris.

A cabin on Prairie Lake between Cameron and Chetek was flattened in an explosion midday on Saturday, Feb. 2.

The cabin is in the 2300 block of 10th Avenue on the west side of Prairie Lake.

Neighbors who heard the blast called 911. The Cameron Fire Department and Barron County sheriff's deputies responded. The Chetek Fire Department provided a tanker and the Chetek Ambulance Service also responded, according to dispatch records. No one was home at the time and there were no reported injuries. A deputy said the owners had been contacted.

Cameron firefighters doused the rubble with water and pulled down some walls that were still standing and on fire. A natural gas line to the house was shut off and secured by firefighters. A stone chimney, a charred section of a wall and a TV antenna were the only things still standing.

Debris appeared to stay mostly within the property lines. It didn't appear as if any windows were broken at nearby residences.

Andy Colburn, Robbie Weisshaar and Tim Frederick, of Eau Claire, were at a cabin about 40 yards to the south. They were recording an album for their folk-americana band Witch Hunter General. They caught the sound of the explosion on tape. It sounded like a loud thump.

It shook the whole cabin, they said. "It was alarming," Colburn added.

The CFD would be investigating the fire. A cause of the explosion was not known at this time.

Read more in the Wednesday, Feb. 6, edition of The Chetek Alert.

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