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

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

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.

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.

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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