Minnetonka Mansion Burns, Police Launch Criminal Investigation


LAKE MINNETONKA, MN — Authorities are conducting a criminal investigation into a fire that burned down a Lake Minnetonka mansion earlier this week.

Around 11:45 p.m. Monday night, Orono police were called to the 2900 block of Westwood Road, according to a news release. Police said a caller reported the fire as a “mental health issue” and saw someone with gas and candles.

Crews from several nearby towns spent about four hours trying to put out the flames, according to CBS4. Neighbors told CBS4 that their electricity went out for several hours. Two people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Long Lake Fire Chief James Van Eyll. No other people were in the house at the time. A resident said a dog may have been in the house, but police did not locate it.

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The Orono Police Department said it is conducting a criminal investigation into the fire.

The house is a 6,320 square foot Jyland, according to a a story sponsored by Artful Living in 2016. It was built in 1998 and sold for $3.2 million in 2007, according to real estate agent.com. Hennepin County tax records show the lakefront property was last appraised in January 2020 and has an estimated market value of $3.373 million, according to bring me the news.

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