A home near Merrill is a total loss following a weekend fire.
Officials were called to the structure fire in the Town of Birch Saturday evening. When officials arrived at Grundy Road, they observed smoke and flames coming from a trailer house with a second home being threatened.
Firefighters from Russell, Tomahawk and Pine River provided mutual aid in extinguishing the blaze. Crews remained on the scene past midnight and into the early morning hours yesterday.
The home owner told investigators the fire started in a wall and was possibly electrical in nature. He was able to safely evacuate the residence after contacting authorities. No injuries were reported.