A fire did significant damage to the garage and roof of a Coon Rapids townhouse unit Tuesday morning.
Just after 7 a.m. Sept. 18, Coon Rapids police and fire departments responded to a fire at Wedgewood Drive and 124th Avenue N.W.
According to Coon Rapids Fire Chief John Piper, the fire started in the garage of the end unit in a four-townhouse complex and spread to the roof. The garage was located in front of the home.
But the Sheetrock fire wall prevented it from spreading to the adjacent townhouse unit as firefighters knocked down the fire, Piper said.
A general alarm was struck and mutual aid at the scene was called for from the Anoka-Champlin and Andover fire departments, he said.
According to Coon Rapids Fire Marshal Todd Williams, three people inside the townhouse – a man, his teen stepson and his three-year-old daughter – escaped the fire.
The man, who had just returned home from taking his wife to a park and ride so she could go to work, had parked the vehicle in the garage, Williams said.
He received some minor burns when he opened the garage to see what was happening, according to Williams.
The cause of the fire is not known, but arson has been ruled out, Williams said.
“We are looking at the vehicle, possibly cigarette smoking or electrical,” he said.
There was some fire damage by the service door to the garage in the townhouse, as well as smoke and water damage which has made the home uninhabitable, Williams said.
The garage of the neighboring townhouse was only separated from the garage, where the fire started, by trusses, he said.
Fire did get into the roof and there was smoke in the garage itself, but the vehicle inside was not damaged except for the smell of smoke, Williams said.
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