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Massive Blaze Destroys Lakefront Home in West Metro

May 30, 2011 2 comments

May 27 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to a raging fire that consumed a Shorewood home on Friday afternoon. The fire occurred in an area with no hydrants.

Firefighters were called to 3944 Enchanted Dr., on Enchanted Island, around 2 p.m.

“On arrival, part of the house was gone and about 50 percent of the home was fully engulfed,” Mound Fire Chief Greg Pederson told Lake Minnetonka Patch.

According to realtor.com, the two-story home featured 3,800 square feet of living space and a four-car garage. The home was valued at around $1.7 million. A Google Map view shows the home at the end of a
two-lane road on an island surrounded by Phelps Bay.

As crews responded, it was reported that three occupants were home.

Just as crews prepared to enter the home, it they got word that the home was unoccupied. “That’s not only a relief for the people inside, but also for the firefighters,” Pederson told KSTP-TV. “We had a crew going in the front door trying to make a rescue.”

According to various media reports, firefighters used water from Phelps Bay and tanker shuttles to bring the fire under control.

Local media is also reporting that the fire may have been sparked by a natural gas explosion. Fire and utilities officials are investigating.

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Following is a list of departments that responded, according to various sources. There maybe more and we apologize if we missed them: Chaska, Chanhassen, Excelsior, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Minnetrista, Mound, St. Bonifacius, Victoria, Watertown and Wayzata.

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