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Firefighters called to early-morning blaze

The Farmington Fire Department brought out its tanker trucks to transport water during the early-morning fire on Biscayne Avenue in Empire Township because there were no hydrants available. No one was living in the house that caught fire after a lightning strike Friday morning.

A lightning strike may have been the cause of an early-morning fire that did significant damage to a vacant Empire Township home June 21.

A neighbor reported smoke coming from the Biscayne Avenue home just before 7 a.m. Friday. There were visible flames when a Dakota County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the call and Farmington firefighters confirmed the fire when they arrived.

Farmington Fire captain Adam Fischer said the fire was challenging to fight.

“It took a while to get it out because there were a couple of layers to the ceiling that were make it difficult to get access,” Fischer said.

Firefighters had to haul in water because there are no hydrants along the rural gravel road. Firefighters were packing up their equipment around 9:30 a.m.

Fischer said there was a lightning strike in the area Friday morning. It was not immediately clear whether that was the cause of the fire.

The house was currently for sale and nobody was living there.

Lakeville firefighters also responded to the fire.

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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