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A cabin fire south of Milltown Thursday morning proves to be difficult to fight as a deep ditch and trees made the blaze almost inaccessible. Photo by Wade Bell

Fire destroys Milltown cabin


April 04, 2012
A log cabin that dated back to 1875 was destroyed by fire Thursday morning near the Shoe Tree south of Milltown in Crawford County. The cabin and property are owned by Ovada Habermal of Palmyra.

The cabin was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. A deep ditch, along with the cabin sitting in a heavily wooded area, made it difficult for firefighters to gain access to get a handle on the blaze.

"That's the oldest structure out here," neighbor Lance Stroud said as he watched the blaze destroy the building. "It was built by Antony Bauer in 1875."

Because there were no hydrants near the cabin, water had to be carried in by tanker trucks. Two small outbuildings behind the cabin also burned.

Maxine Archibald, who came to the scene, said she was sad to see the cabin burn.

"This is my old home place," said Archibald, who was there with her brother, Larry. "I grew up here."

Volunteers from both Milltown and Leavenworth fought the blaze for almost two hours. Crawford Emergency Medical Services and the Crawford County Sheriff's Department also responded.

Officials said the cause of the blaze is unknown but suspicious since there was no electricity running to the cabin.

Stroud said the property had been plagued by trespassers and that a radio could be heard playing in the cabin at times to keep people away.

CCSD Chief Deputy Shawn Scott asked that anybody who has any information on the fire to call 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or 1-800-47-ARSON (27766).

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