DASSEL -- Fire crews were called to the scene of a house fire yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.

The incident happened just before 2:30 p.m. in the 74900 block of 240th Street in Dassel Township.

Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a passerby saw smoke coming from the home and called authorities. The homeowners, 31-year-old Lindsey Bekkala and 32-year-old Jared Bekkala, were not home at the time of the fire.

Cruze says the cause of the fire is unknown and the house and garage are a total loss.

The fire remains under investigation.