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Fund Established for Woman After Laptop Sparked Fire at Woodbury Townhome

Her sister told Patch that US Bank is in charge of the fund.

A fund has been set up for Woodbury resident Cheri Rose, whose townhome caught fire Jan. 15 after a laptop computer was left charging on her couch.

The US Bank donation system is expected to be up and running in the next day or two, according to Cindy Spreiter, Rose’s sister.

Firefighters were called to the at the 8600 block of Quarry Ridge Lane at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday while Rose was away at work. A neighbor told authorities the smell of smoke had been in the air since about 10 a.m. that morning, Woodbury Fire Cmdr. Wallgren said told Patch.

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Firefighters forced their way into the home, which suffered “extensive damage,” he said.

“The home will not be livable,” Wallgren said.

People will be able to donate at any US Bank location under the Cheri Rose Benefit Fund, said Spreiter. Rose's insurance has a cap, she said, and the funds will be used for everything “from toothbrushes to carpet.”

People can mail checks to: US Bank, c/o Thomson Reuters, 610 Opperman Dr., Eagan, MN, 55123, Spreiter said.

There have been similar fires in Woodbury in which laptops were left on beds or couches and started a fire, Wallgren said.

“I had no idea what would have started the fire,” Rose told FOX 9. “I don't leave things plugged in usually. I never would have thought of the laptop. That was not even crossing my mind.”

 

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Mitch Peterson January 19, 2013 at 03:21 PM
That's a very bad deal, feel for her. It would be nice if there would just be a link to be able to donate, not sure how to even write a check anymore.
Kris Janisch January 19, 2013 at 03:48 PM
Good call Mitch. I'll ask her sister about it.
Today's Bed January 19, 2013 at 09:22 PM
Will she need a new mattress? Today's Bed will donate a $500 gift certificate for a new mattress if she is in need. Kris, can you forward this to the appropriate persons? Have her or her people contact Today's Bed owner Scott Michelsen at samichelsen@todaysbed.com
Kris Janisch January 20, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Very nice to hear! I'll pass this along!
Kris Janisch January 21, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Heard back from Cindy. She said: There is no online way to do it becasue they do not release the account number to anyone.
Mitch Peterson January 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Thanks for following up Kris. I'll just send a check. Would be nice if US Bank would come up with a way to do that in the future, I know I've made plenty of donations via Paypal, 2 or 3 clicks and the money is there. I'm guessing donations for good causes such as this would double at least.
Kris Janisch January 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM
No problem Mitch.

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