A small, remote Mendocino County cabin burned to the ground late Monday night, most likely due to a malfunctioning wood stove, said Laytonville Volunteer Fire Chief Jim Little.
The fire was off of Spyrock Road, about 10 miles east of Laytonville and Highway 101 toward the Eel River.
A man staying at the cabin ran to a neighbor's home to use a phone and call for help. Laytonville volunteers and Cal Fire firefighters were alerted at about 11 p.m.
First to the scene were the volunteers, who were called from their homes, said Chief Little. They arrived about 40 minutes after being dispatched. Cal Fire engines came from Willits and Garberville.
"By the time firefighters got there it was totally gone," Little said.
The fire spread to an adjoining field but was stopped after burning about a half-acre.
A small outbuilding also was destroyed.
An investigation into the fire's cause pointed to the wood-burning stove, said the chief.