At 2355 on July 27 2003 Hopkins Minnesota Police and Fire were dispatched to a reported gas smell at a residence in the Parkside townhomes.
These are four year old, 2 story, detatched, single family homes, built as a small sub-division on the east side of town.
Shortly after the initial dispatch, several callers indicated a home on fire in the same subdivision.
Police arrived within 2 minutes as did Hopkins Chief 2 (Dale Specken). He reported a working fire and assumed command.
Hopkins Engine-1 arrived with a six man crew and stretched an 1-3/4 to the rear making a quick knock-down of visible fire.
A second crew made entry through the front and confirmed everyone was out of the structure.
Firefighters over-hauled to extinguish remaining hot-spots in the attic.
A possible cause was an outside wall light for the deck.
Damage was estimated at $50-60,000.
No injuries were reported.
Hopkins ladder-9, engine-2 and St. Louis Park engine-1 also were at scene.