BROOTEN -- Fire crews responded to a barn fire near Brooten early this (Monday) morning.

The incident happened just before 6:00 a.m. at 27001 County Road 18 in North Fork Township.

Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold say the property owner, Heidi Kinsler, awoke to see the barn on her farm was on fire.

Deputies and fire fighters arrived to find the barn fully engulfed. No animals or vehicles were in the barn at the time of the fire and no one was hurt.

Bechtold says it's believed the fire started in an attached lean-to. The exactly cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal.