MINOT — No one was hurt but a home was destroyed and a cat perished when fire roared through a 2 1/2 story house Friday at 109 Bradbury Hill Road.

Firefighters from at least five towns found the building fully engulfed when they were sent out at 2:30 p.m. By the time they cleared, the wooden house had been reduced to rubble.

The house is owned by Richard Sprague and is also the site of his shop Trophies Unlimited, a taxidermy business.

Minot Deputy Fire Chief Dean Campbell said it was considered a total loss.

Nobody was inside the house when the fire started, Campbell said. Sprague returned to his house Friday afternoon to find his home and business in flames.

Fire crews were there within minutes, working in high winds and frigid temperatures, but the flames had already consumed most of the home.

“The wind was really pushing it,” Campbell said.

An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office went to the scene but by the end of the day, the cause was undetermined.

Firefighters check for hot spots Friday at a house fire on Bradbury Hill Road in Minot. Owner Richard Sprague lost his home and his shop, Trophies Unlimited, a taxidermy business.

Firefighters tear down a wall Friday at a house fire on Bradbury Hill Road in Minot.
Owner Richard Sprague lost his home and his shop, Trophies Unlimited, a taxidermy business.


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