Reporting Jamie Yuccas
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Edina home filled with what neighbors call art “treasures” burned down this afternoon.
Firefighters said Deb Fallon, the home’s owner, tried to salvage some work.
Fallon also can’t find her cat or her dog after Tuesday’s blaze.
The house had a wood frame and shingles, and firefighters say that’s why the flames spread so quickly.
“The fire actually had a good head start on us,” Edina Fire Chief Marty Scheerer said. “There’s significant damage to the house.”
Firefighters had to knock down a wall Tuesday afternoon in order to get water in.
“Never seen anything like it,” said former neighbor Bernard Baier.
Fallon’s an interior designer and avid art collector, and WCCO recently interviewed her about the art she collected from overseas.
“I think it’s one of the worst things that can happen,” Baier said. “You lose not just your house, but your personal belongings … especially if you’re talking art, you just wonder what treasures were lost.”
Fallon was too distraught to talk with us on camera. Also, firefighters aren’t sure what caused the fire.