Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire in St. James late Monday afternoon that left a home on 7th Avenue destroyed. The fire was reported shortly after 4:30pm Monday, and fire crews were on the scene for around 9 hours. Firefighters from Odin, Ormsby, La Salle and Darfur assisted St. James Fire and Ambulance at the scene. Authorities say that an adult and three children were in the home at the time, but were able to escape without injury. The damage to the home is being estimated at upwards of $300,000, and the cause of the fire remains unknown.