A home at the 1100 block of Manning Avenue South in Afton was destroyed by fire early Friday morning.
One man and his dog were able to escape the blaze, which broke out at about 4:15 a.m. Friday morning, according to Tom Frazer, communications coordinator with Washington County.
“The house appears to be a total loss,” he said.
The fire was under control by about 6:45 a.m. Friday morning, Frazer said.
At about 9:45 a.m. the house was still smoking and crews were putting water on the structure.
Dave Schneider, a captain with the Lower St. Croix Valley Fire Department, said several "tender tankers" were needed to get water to the home, located down a half-mile gravel driveway off Manning Avenue.
The cause of the fire hasn't been determined, Schneider said, but it may have been started by a candle.
No firefighters were injured or treated for heat-related issues.
"Lots of water and Gatorade," Schneider said.
Responding fire departments included , Cottage Grove, Bayport, Hudson, Wis., Oakdale and the Lower St. Croix Valley.