A Lakeville family of eight safely escaped an early morning house fire on Monday, Aug. 19.
The house, located in the 11900 block of Knolls Path in a rural area of the city without hydrants, sustained heavy fire and smoke damage throughout, especially on the second floor, according to Lakeville Fire Chief Mike Meyer.
Two parents and six children escaped, and one family member was treated for minor burns on the scene and released.
Meyer said the blaze, reported at 1:44 a.m., started in a second-floor bedroom, but its exact cause remains under investigation.
Crews extinguished the flames in about an hour, but remained on the scene until 6:30 a.m. to check for fire extension and ventilate the home due to high carbon monoxide readings.
The occupants discovered the fire after its noise and smell woke them up, Meyer said.
Approximately 35 Lakeville firefighters responded to the structure fire, and Burnsville and Savage firefighters assisted with water trucks.