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UPDATE: Sunday's house fire under investigation

Firefighters blast water from an aerial truck on a house fire Sunday night. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
The orange glow of flames can be seen from a house fire Sunday night at 1198 Hillcrest Drive. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

A vacant Woodbury home was completely destroyed by fire Sunday night.

The fire, reported by a neighbor at 9:26 p.m., engulfed a residence at 1198 Hillcrest Drive. Woodbury police said the house was a vacant foreclosure that was undergoing renovation work.

Woodbury Public Safety Duty Chief Christopher O'Brien said no one was at the residence at the time of the fire. He said the fire remained under investigation Monday.

No firefighters were injured while fighting the blaze, which O'Brien said lasted about an hour. He said firefighters remained on scene for several more hours while Xcel Energy crews also worked to secure the residence.

Witnesses said flames from the fire could be seen from as far away as 494 and Tamarack Road. O'Brien said the large plume of fire witnesses reported seeing likely was the result of the roof collapsing into the residence.

He said the residence was a total loss. Acting on information that the residence was vacant, firefighters battled the blaze from the outside after arriving to heavy fire at the structure, O'Brien said.

Firefighters from Woodbury, Maplewood and Oakdale responded.

The Bulletin will update this story as more information becomes available.

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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