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Ottertail home destroyed by fire, owner in jail for arson

A home on Long Lake Road in Ottertail is a complete loss after a fire on Saturday. Submitted photo

A rural Ottertail home was lost to fire on Saturday and its owner is currently in jail for arson.

The blaze was reported to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office at 9:44 p.m. The Long Lake Road home, owned by Cody Dahl, has been deemed a complete loss. Dahl is listed in the Otter Tail County Jail logs on charges of first degree arson.

More than 35 firefighters from Ottertail, Perham and Battle Lake responded to the scene. Ottertail Fire Chief Stuart Fleischauer said the house was already fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The fire rekindled Sunday morning and was again extinguished.

Fleischauer said there was no one inside the home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.

The fire remains under investigation at this time. The sheriff's office is expected to release more details later today.