Police report: fire destroys homes

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Fire destroys Otsego home under construction

Fire destroyed an Otsego home that was under construction and heavily damaged a neighboring home that was nearly completed on April 2.

Photo by Jim Boyle Fire destroyed a home that was under construction (to the left of this photo frame) and damaged the neighboring home in the process. Elk River, Albertville, Rogers and Dayton fire departments assisted while Zimmerman provided coverage for the district. The fire happened one year and one day after fire destroyed four Otsego homes, a mix of lived in and under construction, and acres of nearby grasslands.
Photo by Jim Boyle
Fire destroyed a home that was under construction (to the left of this photo frame) and damaged the neighboring home in the process. Elk River, Albertville, Rogers and Dayton fire departments assisted while Zimmerman provided coverage for the district. The fire happened one year and one day after fire destroyed four Otsego homes, a mix of lived in and under construction, and acres of nearby grasslands.

The homes were located in the 7400 block of Queens Avenue in the Wildflower Meadows housing development.

Elk River Fire was called out at 12:17 p.m. on a report of a fully engulfed residential building fire on the 7400 block of Queens Avenue in Otsego.

Strong sustained and gusting winds caused flames to spread rapidly, destroying a home that was under construction and damaging an adjacent home.

Firefighters from Elk River, Albertville, Dayton, and Rogers worked for over three hours fighting the blaze. A number of small grass fires were quickly extinguished and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was also on-scene to assist. The Zimmerman/Livonia Fire District provided district-wide coverage.

There were no injuries.

No foul play is suspected and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the ERFD and the Minnesota state fire marshal.

Fire damages Elk River home

At 6:35 a.m. on April 5, the Elk River Fire Department was dispatched to a reported residential house fire on the 12900 block of Orono Road. Heavy smoke was showing from the residence upon the arrival of fire and police personnel.

Elk River Fire launched an aggressive interior attack and the fire was quickly extinguished. Unsure if occupants were still inside, firefighters thoroughly searched the home. The homeowners were later accounted for and were not home at the time of the fire.

While there were no injuries, firefighters did experience a collapse of a ceiling while conducting a search.

No foul play is suspected and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Elk River Fire Department.

E-cigarette stolen

A 22-year-old Ramsey woman reported at 7:26 p.m. on April 1 an e-cigarette was stolen from her vehicle while it was parked at Wal-Mart. The White Vapro e-cigarette was valued at  $200, and there was no suspect or vehicle information.