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Large beams appeared to once support an open ceiling near a large fireplace in a home heavily damaged by fire early Sunday morning in the Town of St. Joseph. Margaret Ontl photo.

Pre-dawn fire destroys riverside home near Houlton

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HOULTON - Some 70 firefighters from six departments spent several hours early Sunday fighting a house fire in an isolated neighborhood overlooking the St. Croix River, just across from the City of Stillwater.


The split-level home owned by Lawrence and Kathleen Horsch was unoccupied when the fire at 1404 Hilltop Ridge was reported at 4:28 a.m. Town of St. Joseph Fire Chief Ron Burton said someone from Stillwater spotted flames and reported the blaze.

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