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A Woodbury firefighter moves hoses into a Pheasant Run Road home that caught fire Monday. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker

UPDATE: Three people displaced as a result of Woodbury house fire

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A Woodbury house received heavy interior fire damage Monday after flames swept through the main level of the home.

Woodbury firefighters were called at about 3:13 p.m. for a house fire at 8697 Pheasant Run Road. No one was home at the time of the fire; no firefighters were injured while attacking the blaze.

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The home also received smoke damage on both floors, said Todd Johnson, Woodbury's fire chief and deputy public safety director.

Johnson said three people - a mother, a father and a teenage son - were displaced as a result of the fire.

Johnson said firefighters arrived to find the two-story home's main level on fire.

He said early indications were the fire had reached a "flashover" state - where objects in a room combust due to extreme heat - on the first floor.

Johnson said firefighters were beginning to investigate the fire's cause.

He said firefighters utilized a "positive pressure" attack that helped knock down the fire and allowed firefighters to attack it earlier from the inside.

The method involves firefighters flushing out smoke and gasses from a fire through a channel created by high-powered fans.

"Now we use science to our advantage," Johnson said.

He said Woodbury firefighters - one of just a few departments in the metro area to use the method - had practiced the scenario more than 150 times in the past year. Monday's fire was "identical to training," he said.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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