BALKAN TOWNSHIP, Minn. -

Shortly after 10:00p.m. Wednesday night, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office rushed to a residential structure fire in the 11,200 block of Johnson Road in Balkan Township, five miles north of Chisholm.

A witness notices the fire and immediately reported the blaze.

Authorities believe the cause of the fire is due to a lightning strike, as severe weather passed through around the same time.

It’s estimated the structure sustained severe damage as a result of the fire.

No one was inside the structure at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.