Trailer home fire kills two people in Inver Grove Heights

Inver Grove Heights first responders were called to a manufactered home fire the night of Feb. 25 in which two people died from the injuries they sustained in the blaze.

Around 8 p.m., city firefighters and police responded to a call for service regarding smoke coming from a manufactured home at the Skyline Village Mobile Home Park on Royal Avenue, an Inver Grove Heights Fire Department release said.

While responders were enroute, the 911 dispatcher said the caller reporting the smoke also said they saw a glow coming from in the home. The caller tried knocking on the door and got no answer. Police arrived shortly after the initial call came in and confirmed the structure fire and that there were possibley two people inside.

When firefighters entered the structure, they encountered zero visibility and high heat, the release said. A smoke detector was sounding.

Firefighters used a thermal-imaging camera to locate one victim, identified as Tiffany Meyers, 32, of Inver Grove Heights, who was removed from the structure.

Further searching with the camera located a second victim, 33-year-old David L'heureux, also of Inver Grove Heights. However, according to the release, before firefighters could remove him, they had to knock down the fire.

Once both people were outside, firefighters and police began life-saving measures. Meyers and L'heureux were taken to awaiting Health East Ambulances, but were later pronounced dead. The fire was marked as out at by 9:11 p.m. One firefighter and a police officer reported minor injuries.

According to the release, both the Inver Grove Heights Police and Fire Marshal, along with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office, are coordinating the investigation into the cause of the fire.

--Hannah Burligname

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