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Fire damages Farmington home

Neighbors gathered to watch as firefighters worked to contain a fire in a Farmington garage.

A fire the evening of April 16 damaged a home at 5311 Upper 182nd St.

A homeowner there who asked that her name not be used said she was watching TV in the basement when she smelled smoke shortly after 6 p.m. She grabbed her two cats and got out. A neighbor called 911.

Nobody was injured.

Fire chief Tim Pietsch said the fire was contained to a truck parked in the home's attached garage. Firefighters broke windows out of the garage door and in the side of the building. They went in through the home's front door to approach the fire through a service door from the house to the garage.

When they pulled the truck -- a Chevrolet Blazer -- from the garage the paint was gone from its hood and it had multiple flat tires.

Neighbors started gathering outside the home and at Dakota Estates Park, located across the street, almost as soon as the fire was reported. A neighbor brought over a plastic kennel to hold the woman's cats and her son and daughter-in-law showed up to comfort her.

One neighbor said the home is known in the neighborhood for its elaborate Christmas displays. Several kids who gathered to watch firefighters mourned the potential loss of "Toyland."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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