At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 12, West Hennepin Public Safety Department and Maple Plain Fire Department were dispatched to a fire inside of a garage where flames had been seen at 2615 Providence Court in the City of Independence.
As Police Officer Lance Zilles from West Hennepin Public Safety arrived on scene, he observed flames coming out of the open garage door on the east side of the house. Due to the windy weather the fire was spreading faster than normal. Within a few minutes of his arrival the entire garage was engulfed with flames.
Contact was made with homeowner Joseph Eichelberger, who confirmed no one was inside and that everyone was evacuated.
Eichelberger had arrived home around noon and parked his vehicle in the garage. About twenty minutes later Eichelberger stated his smoke alarms began to go off in the residence.
He looked in the garage and it was covered in dark smoke. When the garage door was opened he observed flames coming from the vehicle and the roof of the garage.
The exact cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
Maple Plain Fire Department, along with six other fire departments in the area arrived to put out the fire.
In the end, the fire destroyed the entire garage, two vehicles inside the garage, the house and multiple items inside.
The West Hennepin Public Safety Department was assisted on scene by the Loretto Fire Department, Long Lake Fire Department, Mound Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department, Hamel Fire Department and the Delano Fire Department.
“We are very fortunate nobody was injured and the fire alarms were working properly,” West Hennepin Public Safety Department Director Gary Kroells said. “The Maple Plain Fire Department did an excellent job of putting out the blaze and providing assistants to the property owner with clean up and reclamation of personal items.”