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Family members displaced after overnight house fire in Afton

Three family members safely escaped a burning house early today in Afton.

Firefighters responded to a fully engulfed blaze at about 1 a.m. at 4696 Trading Post Trail. Lower St. Croix Fire Department Chief Chris Peterson said the home was "basically a total loss," and displaced the three adults living there.

Washington County tax records indicate the home, valued in 2012 at $454,600, is owned by Michael and Sandra Conroy.

Peterson said the family is living with family members.

Residents were alerted by a smoke alarm after fire broke out in the basement, Peterson said. The fire's cause remained under investigation. Peterson said the fire did not appear to be suspicious.

It's possible one or more cats living in the two-story house may have died in the fire, Peterson said.

No firefighters among the six agencies that responded were hurt in the blaze. Lower St. Croix was assisted by Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Hudson, Lake Elmo and Maplewood fire departments, which helped provide water since the area is not serviced by fire hydrants.

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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