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UPDATE: Fire destroys Lake City home

LAKE CITY, Minn. (KTTC) -- Fire destroyed a home in Lake City early Monday morning. 

"I couldn't believe it that the house was on fire," said Byron Wohlers who owns the home. Fire crews responded to 70675 310th Ave. just before 9 a.m. Monday.

"It just happened bang," Wohlers said.

Thick smoke could be seen billowing from a long distance away as flames destroyed the home the Wohlers family has had since 1960.

"A big cloud, I thought it was fog, but when I got down I saw it was smoke," Wohlers said. "I drove in the yard and saw the flames shooting out."

Byron owns the home that his daughter and grandson now live in.

"I was wondering if there was anybody in the house," Wohlers said.

But there wasn't. His grandson was at school and his daughter who has lived in this house her entire life left for work about an hour before the fire. 

"Flames were coming through the roof, second story windows and there was a porch that was already down on the front of the house," said Lake City Fire Chief Jeff Diepenbrock.

Eventually the second story of the house collapsed, making for a long and difficult fire fight.

"The problem was the second floor fell on top of the first floor, then you end up with fire underneath and the structure wasn't really safe to send firefighters in," Diepenbrock said. "It's a hard one to put out."

"Lots of memories, good and bad," Wohlers said.

There was still thick smoke coming from the house as of 11 a.m. Monday. 

No one was hurt in the fire but the family cat was unaccounted for.

The home is considered a total loss.

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