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UPDATE: Woodbury townhouse fire caused by hot laptop, firefighters say

Firefighters gathered outside a Quarry Ridge Lane townhome after being called there for smoke coming from a garage. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 3
Firefighters make entry to the front door of a Quarry Ridge Lane townhome after smoke was reported coming from the garage in the five-unit structure. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 3
Windows were smashed out of a home in a five-plex where smoke was seen Tuesday on Quarry Ridge Lane. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 3

Firefighters said a hot laptop computer was to blame for townhouse fire that left the residence unlivable.

Woodbury crews were called at 2:16 p.m. to 8655 Quarry Ridge Lane Unit A for a structure fire. Fire Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire was roaring by the time crews arrived.

"Everything was going in the first floor," he said.

The blaze, which started on a couch in the two-story townhome, caused "significant damage" to the home, Wallgren said.

Crews from Cottage Grove and Oakdale also responded.

The home's sole female resident was not home at the time of the fire. No firefighters were injured in the blaze, though Wallgren said the cold temperatures posed a challenge for crews.

He said the fire started after a hot laptop computer was left on top of a couch.

A neighbor leaving for work called in the report after seeing smoke coming from the eaves and the roof of the townhome, which is part of a five-unit structure.

Wallgren said there was smoke exposure to two connecting units, but no fire damage in those townhomes.

"The guys did a wonderful job keeping it contained to one unit," he said.

Wallgren noted that firefighters were able to stop the blaze before it reached the garage, preserving two treasured Harley-Davidson motorcycles belonging to the homeowner.

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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