1 Killed in Early-Morning Fire in Lakeville

December 26, 2017 10:18 PM

One person was killed in an early-morning fire in Lakeville and two others were able to escape, authorities say. 

Crews were called to the scene about 3 a.m. Tuesday. 

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Lakeville Fire Chief Michael Meyer said one person was killed in the fire. A man and a woman were able to escape, Meyer said. The home had no other occupants at the time.

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The home on the 18000 block of Jasmine Way is likely a total loss.

Heavy smoke was pouring out the front door as firefighters were accessing the damage. 

"This is a tragedy and this is a great family. An intelligent family," said family friend Roy Atshan. "I'm heartbroken."

Atshan has known the family who lives at the home for years.

"This is honestly one of the craziest things. It's a big shock for me," he said.

Neighbors say the husband and wife lived in the home on Jasmine Way for nearly 30 years and raised three children there.

The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

At least 56 people have been killed this year in fires in Minnesota, according to the state Department of Public Safety. 

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Theresa Malloy and Katherine Johnson

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