LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) -- A Lincoln County home was destroyed after it caught on fire on Saturday morning.
Authorities said they got the call around 9:30 AM of a fire starting in the garage and spreading to the rest of the home in the town of Pine River, which is just east of Merrill. Leaders with the Lincoln County Sheriff's department said the two homeowners were there at the time but were able to get out safely. One of them did have minor burns from the fire.
"There's miscellaneous items that we can salvage but the structure is pretty much a total loss," said town of Pine River police chief John Uttech.
Fire fighters spent more than five hours battling the blaze. Even though the home was destroyed, authorities said the pair have family right down the street and will be able to stay with them for the holidays. They are still investigating the cause of the fire.