Updated: Woodbury Family Escapes Devastating House Fire on Marsh Creek Road

The fire broke out during the early-morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 23.

A Woodbury family was able to escape a major house fire at the 8300 block of Marsh Creek Road during the early-morning hours of Sunday, Sept. 23.

The family had a fire in the home's fireplace on Friday and embers were left in a trashcan in the garage, sparking the blaze, said Sgt. Curt Zacharias with the Public Safety Department.

“That’s how it's appearing to have started. ... It’s an unfortunate accident,” he said at the scene at about 8:20 a.m. Sunday as smoke still rose from the burned-out structure.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The Woodbury Fire Department got the call about five minutes after midnight, Zacharias said, and firefighters battled the blaze for hours.

One of the children at home woke up and alerted the family about the fire, and they were able to get out OK, Zacharias said.

Four vehicles succumbed to the fire, and the home appears to be a total loss, he said.

“What a shame,” Zacharias said.

The fire was fully engulfed when crews arrived, said Lt. Steve Neily with the Woodbury Fire Department.

“We were overwhelmed by the amount of fire we had upon our arrival,” he said, noting that the size of the home also proved challenging for firefighters.

The fire was out and the scene was cleared a little before 5 a.m. Sunday, Neily said. It remains under investigation, and the official cause should be established within a week or two, he said.

Crews from Maplewood, Oakdale, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo and the Lower St. Croix Valley also responded, Neily said.

Zacharias said the incident serves as a reminder that people must be careful when they have recreational fires at their homes.

“Those ashes need to be kept separate in a metal container,”  said.


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Kris Janisch September 24, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Somebody asked about "snow" in the photos. It was foam from the FD's hoses.
Kris Janisch September 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Got an email asking how long after the FD got the call were firefighters on scene. The call came in at 12:08 a.m. and crews were there at 12:12 a.m., Cmdr. Wallgren said. He said they got lucky because there had been a fire alarm that went off earlier and a crew was ready to go at the Thames Road Fire Station: http://patch.com/L-qvvB
Washington County Watchdog September 26, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Sorry for the loss:(
Kris Janisch September 26, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Beth, I saw you added a photo to this story. Just making sure you wanted it here. Let me know and I'll add it. Not sure if you wanted it in Pics & Clips: http://patch.com/A-pq6F
Sally Pfoertner September 26, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Cousin RJ and Family - Sorry for the loss of your home. Glad everyone is okay. Thoughts and Prayers with all of you. Sally Sitar- Pfoertner


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