Golden Valley Home Damaged In Major Fire

A Golden Valley home sustained significant damage in an early morning fire Dec 14, 2014. Heavy fire conditions magnified by an explosion required the cooperative efforts of nine area fire departments.

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded at 4:27 am to 17 Parkview Terrace after a neighbor called 911 to report smoke coming from the house. Responding fire and police units could see the fire from about a 1/2 mile way. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered fire coming out of multiple door and window openings on both levels of the home and a partial collapse of the home’s north section.

Fire crews immediately mounted a defensive attack to knock down the main body of fire and protect neighboring houses. About 10 minutes later, a large explosion in the rear of the house sent burning embers 100 feet into the air and produced a large fireball. No firefighters were in this explosion.

After the main body of fire was knocked down, crews transitioned to an interior attack. Firefighters had difficulty accessing areas of hidden fire due to the instability of the partially collapsed structure. Large excavating machinery was brought in to assist in knocking down a portion of the unstable home and to help access hidden fire in collapsed areas of the structure. One Golden Valley firefighter sustained a leg injury and was transported, treated, and released from North Memorial Hospital.

Golden Valley received mutual aid assistance from the Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, West Metro Fire Rescue District, Plymouth, Minnetonka, Hopkins, Maple Grove, and Brooklyn Center Fire Departments.

The Hennepin County Fire Investigation Team is conducting the investigation.

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