Two die in Minn. mobile home fire
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Kari Fellows smelled smoke Sunday night, Feb. 25, after stepping outside to let her dog out.
At first, Fellows feared it was coming from her home. Soon, her boyfriend spotted smoke coming out of the front of her next-door neighbor’s home, in the Skyline Village mobile home park off Concord Boulevard in Inver Grove Heights.
Fellows said her boyfriend “kept pounding and pounding” on the door, but no one answered.
Firefighters later pulled two residents out of the home at 15 Royal Avenue -- Tiffany Meyers, 32, and David L’Heureux, 33 -- and began CPR. The couple was rushed to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
Fellows said Monday afternoon, Feb. 26, that she and her boyfriend remain upset.
“We knew they were in there,” Fellows said of the deceased couple. “But there was only so much we could do. It was a helpless feeling.”
Fellows said that Meyers moved into the home seven years ago and that her sister lives in the same mobile home park.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Minnesota state fire marshal’s office and Inver Grove Heights police.
Firefighters and police officers were called to the blaze just after 8 p.m. Officers who arrived first were told two people were inside, Fire Chief Judy Thill said.
When firefighters entered the home, they encountered zero visibility and high heat. A smoke detector was sounding.
Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find Meyers and remove her from the home.
The camera also located L’heureux, but firefighters had to knock down the fire to get to him, Thill said.
Crews continued to fight the fire for another hour.
One firefighter and a police officer reported each reported a minor injury.