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Overnight fire destroys Woodbury home

Woodbury firefighters battled a structure fire early Thursday in the 10000 block of Powers Lake Point. (Submitted photo courtesy of Woodbury Public Safety Department)1 / 2
Woodbury fire crews tended to the aftermath of a house fire around 11 a.m. Thursday in the 10000 block of Powers Lake Point. (Staff photo by Mike Longaecker)2 / 2

A Woodbury family escaped their burning home in their bare feet early Thursday, just before flames destroyed the residence.

Karen Miller, who owns the home at 10176 Powers Lake Pointe with her husband Steve, said they and their 16-year-old son were awakened by the smell of fire around 1:30 a.m.

Hours later, Miller surveyed the charred remains of the two-story home and three burned-out vehicles destroyed in the fire that also claimed the family’s cat.

“I have my son, I have my husband,” she said. “I wish I still had my cat.”

As for the rest – “It’s just stuff,” Miller said.

She said the family was taken in by neighbors, who provided them with warm clothes and boots as firefighters responded to the blaze.

Woodbury Fire Department Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire started in the garage and spread to the roof before breaching parts of the residence. He said the home is unlivable, though some belongings were salvageable.

Thirty-two Woodbury firefighters battled the fire, along with crews from Cottage Grove and Oakdale.

“It was very labor-intensive,” Wallgren said. “We were really putting a lot of water on this thing. We had to.”

The cause of the fire remained under investigation, but Wallgren said it was not suspicious.

“We have no reason to believe it was anything but accidental,” he said.

The call was the third structure fire Woodbury crews have responded to since Friday, March 28.

The first call – phoned in on Friday afternoon – involved a fire in a living room at 12:49 p.m. on Windgate Road. A woman there and her three grandchildren escaped safely, though a housecat perished in the fire. That fire was believed to be caused by an electrical problem.

On Saturday, a Woodbury garage fire was extinguished after ashes from a barbecue smoker landed in the garage and smoldered.

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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