Police open criminal investigation into Lake Minnetonka mansion fire

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Police have opened a criminal investigation into a house fire on Lake Minnetonka.

The Orono Police Department responded at 11:40 p.m. on Monday to a report of a mental health issue at 2933 Westwood Road in Minnetonka Beach. It was reported that the person had gas and candles.

It was also reported that the fire alarms were going off and the house was on fire, police said.

When officers arrived at the house, they found the second floor ablaze and two people standing in the driveway. They were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries caused by fire and smoke, police said.

No one was found inside the house, but one of the residents said a dog was still inside. He has not been located.

The Orono Police Department “is treating the matter as criminal and is under investigation.”

The Long Lake Fire Department responded to the blaze with assistance from services from “many areas,” police said. It took around four hours for the crews to put out the fire, WCCO said.

According to a story sponsored by Artful Living in 2016 on the property, the home is a 6,320 square foot home built by Jyland and filled with “charm and character that can be found in European fields”. It was built in 1998 and last sold for $ 3.2 million in 2007, Realtor.com says.

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the latest version of police events and may be subject to change.

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