By Ryan Gueningsman
INDEPENDENCE, MN A fire believed to have been started by a ceiling fan destroyed an Independence residence Tuesday just before 11 a.m.
West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) Department and Maple Plain Fire Department were dispatched to a report of a house fire at Elaine Mueller’s residence in the 300 block of Hennepin County Road 92 North.
When an officer from WHPS arrived at the residence, he saw heavy smoke rolling out of the home’s roof eaves and the roof vents around the house.
Contact was made with residents Garlinda Mueller and her family. WHPS learned that all residents were out of the house and not in danger. A cat was also rescued from the residence.
The three adults and two children had left the house, according to WHPS.
Maple Plain Fire Department, along with several other fire departments in the area, arrived to put out the fire and attempted to save the valuables inside.
The interior of the house obtained heavy fire and smoke damage and is a complete loss, according to WHPS.
Due to warm temperatures and high humidity, additional fire personnel were needed to avoid heat exhaustion for firefighters, according to WHPS.
The Hennepin County Investigator’s Unit responded to the scene and is conducting an investigation of the cause and origin of the fire.
At this time, foul play is not expected, as Elaine Mueller had observed heavy smoke coming out of the ceiling fan in one of the rooms inside the home.
Assisting Maple Plain were fire departments from Loretto, Delano, Hanover, Mayer, St. Bonifacius, Watertown, Long Lake, Mound, and the Excelsior Fire and Rescue team.