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Pets rescued from burning Woodbury house

This home on Timberlea Drive caught fire Sunday, Dec. 23, in Woodbury.

Firefighters were able to save a portion of a house and two pets in a Sunday blaze on Timberlea Drive.

Crews responded at 2:20 p.m. to 2526 Timberlea Drive, where a passerby spotted smoke and flames near the home's front door.

Woodbury Fire Department Cmdr. John Wallgren said the fire had spread to an attached garage and up into the home's rafters after running through the eaves.

"They did a quick exterior offensive attack," he said. "That's something that we actually put emphasis on in our training this year. Our training's paying off."

The two residents of the house were not home at the time of the blaze. Wallgren said no firefighters - which included crews from Cottage Grove and Oakdale - were injured during the fire.

The fire appeared to be accidental, Wallgren said, though the cause remained under investigation. He said investigators narrowed the origin of the fire to an area near the front door where planters contained Christmas decorations.

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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