EDINA, Minn. - The fire at an Edina apartment complex that chased hundreds of residents from their homes earlier this month started in the trash can of a first-floor kitchen, according to investigators.
Crews were called to the Parklawn Estates at 4141 Parklawn Avenue on July 10. They found flames leaping from both the building's interior and exterior.
Fire Chief Marty Scheerer says the fire quickly burned upwards, destroying units on the second and third floor as well.
Investigators said the cause of the fire is not definitive, but they are not ruling out smoking as a possible cause.
Edina Fire Marshal Tom Jenson said the occupant of the unit was home, but left around 9:20 p.m. The fire call came in at about 11:20 p.m.
Most residents were able to return home on July 12, once utilities were reconnected. However, several families were permanently displaced. Displaced residents have been able to find alternative housing.
Those who wish to help the displaced residents can donate gift cards at the Edina Resource Center, 5701 Normandale Road, Room 171, or make a monetary donation at any Edina US Bank location, noting the Parklawn Resident Relief Fund.