A Wrenshall-area home that was the site of an alleged kidnapping and assault last week was severely damaged in a fire early Monday, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Several callers reported the fire at the two-story residence at 804 County Road 18 in Silver Brook Township at about 1:20 a.m., according to a news release. Deputies and the Wrenshall Fire Department arrived to find the home engulfed in flames and were able to protect a propane tank located a few feet from the residence.
No one was home at the time of the fire, the sheriff’s office reported.
Authorities last week charged 21-year-old Scott Kendrick Lindgren, a resident of the address, with seven felony counts related to a May 15 incident at the home.
Lindgren and accomplices allegedly held a 17-year-old Duluth teen against his will, tying him to a chair and carving the word “snitch” into his chest. Lindgren remained jailed on Monday.
Sheriff Kelly Lake said the cause of the fire remains under investigation with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, making it too early to speculate as to whether it was related to the events of a week prior.
“Whatever the resulting investigation reveals, we’ll go from there,” she said. “We don’t have anything definite at this point.”
The Carlton, Esko, Blackhoof and Mahtowa fire departments also responded to the scene.