The man apparently didn't pay the $25 yearly fee. :waitasec: Burnging down the house Carl Berg failed to pay a $25 annual fee for rural fire protection and, as a result, firefighters let his house burn to the ground last month near International Falls, Minn. Along with his daughter and a grandson, Berg escaped the fire, grabbing two rifles and a camcorder as he went. "I lost everything [else]," he said. "Stand and watch it burn was all I could do. ... They should have put the thing out, but they didn't."