A Fourth of July house fire in Waconia is likely attributable to a painting project, according to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies and fire crews responded around 6:30 p.m. to a 9-1-1 call reporting a house fire in the 400 block of Main Street in Waconia on July 4.
According to the sheriff’s office, one of the homeowners had worked on a painting project earlier in the day and had used rags and turpentine for clean-up. The turpentine-soaked rags are believed to have spontaneously combusted, which ultimately led to a fire in the attached garage and breezeway.
The homeowners exited the residence, but one re-entered the home in an effort to locate the family dog. Neighbors ultimately entered the house and pulled the homeowner out, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office reports that only minor injuries were suffered by residents, none of which required medical transport. The home was considered a total loss, according to the sheriff’s office, and the family dog was not located.
In addition to the sheriff’s office, crews from Waconia Fire, Ridgeview Ambulance and the state fire marshal’s office were on the scene.