UPDATE: Hokah house fire destroys home, fire chief says cat doesn’t make it out

A husband and wife got out of the home safely with no injuries

HOKAH, Minn. (WKBT) – Hokah Fire Department chief Matt Vetsch says a fire that destroyed a home resulted in a cat not being able to make it out Saturday morning.

The Hokah Fire Department was dispatched at 7:06 a.m. to 105 Main St. in Hokah after getting a call from a couple inside the home who was sleeping before the fire started.

Vetsch says the fire started in the middle portion of the building before becoming fully engulfed.

The couple got out safely and do not have any injuries.

Vetsch says a Hokah police officer is blocking off North Mills Street near the intersection of North Mills and Minnesota Highway 16.

At one point during the fire, some crews had to rush back to La Crescent because they were running out of water.

Fire crews eventually had to start tearing the building down to put the fire out.

Vetsch says the house is a total loss.

Nearby residents and businesses were evacuated as a precaution, but they were not affected.

The State Fire Marshal was called into the scene to investigate the cause of the fire.

The Caledonia and La Crescent Fire Departments, as well as Tri-State Ambulance and Xcel Energy all assisted at the scene.

The official cause of the fire remains under investigation.