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Woodbury Drive house fire displaces four residents

This home caught fire early Thursday, Dec. 27, on Woodbury Drive. Submitted photo by Woodbury Public Safety

Fire destroyed the second Woodbury home in less than a week in an overnight blaze on Woodbury Drive.

Four people at the home at 4540 Woodbury Drive were displaced as a result of the fire, firefighters said. All residents escaped without injury.

Firefighters responded at 1:26 a.m. Thursday to 4540 Woodbury Drive for a house fire report.

Todd Johnson, Woodbury's fire chief and deputy public safety director, said first responders arrived to find fire in the roof. Fire crews arrived and attacked a fully involved attic fire, he said.

Johnson said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the living space, though that area received heavy water damage.

No firefighters were injured as a result of the fire.

Johnson said investigators were honing in on the home's fireplace, though an actual cause had yet to be determined.

According to a report, a resident had started a fire in the home's fireplace to keep his mother warm. The man said "he used a large amount of dry wood in the fireplace and believed it may have overheated."

The fire was not suspicious, Johnson said, though he urged residents with fireplaces to be mindful of their upkeep.

"It's certainly a good time to remind people to have their fireplaces inspected annually," Johnson said.

Red Cross was called in to aid the residents of the home, which Johnson said was no longer livable.

Woodbury firefighters were assisted by crews from Lower St. Croix Valley and Lake Elmo. The home is located in a rural portion of Woodbury, to which city water is not extended. The assisting agencies provided water tankers.

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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