Updated: 03/30/2014 5:06 PM
Created: 03/29/2014 6:38 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
A Hugo family was able to safely escape a fire Saturday morning that collapsed their million-dollar house on Bald Eagle Lake with the help of smoke alarms, according to fire department officials.
The fire burned for hours before firefighters were able to get the flames under control, according to the deputy chief Jim Compton of the Hugo Fire Department. The fire was reported around 1 a.m. at a home on the 12000 block of Ethan Ave. N.
Crews arrived to heavy smoke and flames coming from the back of the home. The fire spread throughout the home, Compton said. The floors collapsed and the roof caved in.
The home appears to be a total loss, according to fire officials at the scene.
The family and their pets were able to make it out of the home because their smoke alarms woke them up, officials said.
About 50 firefighters from at least five fire departments were dispatched for aid.
The specific cause of the fire is under investigation.