UPDATE: VIDEO: $1 Million Home Destroyed in Troy Burne Fire; No Injuries

Fire crews from four departments responded to the blaze started by a lightning strike Saturday morning. The owners were not home at the time.

UPDATE (9:12 p.m., May 26, 2012): A lighting strike in the upscale Troy Burne development south of Hudson caused more than $1 million in damage to a home Saturday, as an estimated 60 firefighters from 10 departments battled the massive fire it sparked for more than three hours.

Crews from the River Falls Fire Department responded to calls shortly before 11:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of a lightning strike to the roof at 263 St. Anne's Parkway in the Town of Troy that started the home on fire. Residents were not home at the time; there were no injuries.

Firefighters arrived to find the roof of the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke. Crews attempted to battle the blaze within the home, but high winds spread the fire and hampered efforts.

Property tax records indicate the home belongs to Norbert and Pamela Biderman. River Falls Fire Chief Scott Nelson said the home was valued at more than $1 million.

Records at Zillow.com indicate the home was listed at $995,000 in 2008. St. Croix County property tax records for 2011 assessed the value at $629,400 and the fair market value is $554,900.

Crews from River Falls, Hudson, Roberts, Prescott, Spring Valley, United, St. Joseph, Ellsworth, Lake Elmo, MN, and Lower St. Croix Valley—along with the and River Falls Ambulance—assisted with the blaze.

The fire was at least one of three known fires sparked by lightning strikes in the Twin Cities region Saturday. A lighting strike caused a grass fire on Stags Leap Lane less than two miles north on Saturday; a home in Brooklyn Park, MN, was also destroyed in a fire sparked by a lightning strike Saturday.


ORIGINAL POST (12:26 p.m., May 26, 2012): Crews from along with multiple other departments are battling a blaze on St. Anne's Parkway in the Troy Burne development. The blaze began during a thunderstorm before noon on Saturday.

According to property tax records, the house belongs to Norbert and Pamela Biderman. There is no word yet on whether anyone was home when the fire began.

Dozens of onlookers watched from Lindsey Road and County Road F as firefighters attacked the blaze.

Jeremy A. Loberg May 28, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Troy, while your points are valid to be sure. I feel you missed the point of his reply. He was taking issue with the extensive amount of effort that had been given to evaluating this particular homes value. The story had noted that it was in an upscale neighborhood (Troy Burne) and that should have been more than enough detail as far as the value of the home goes. That is where the difference lies with the coverage of this tragedy vs. the others; not necessarily with the fact that you were unable to cover the others. Just that the focus seemed to be in the wrong place.
Micheal Foley May 29, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Twin Cities Fire Wire has a great post about the fire: http://twincitiesfirewire.com/2012/05/26/fire-damages-massive-home-in-troy-twp-wi/
Julie Kovacic May 29, 2012 at 02:50 PM
God bless the fire fighters who kept this house from burning to the ground, and thanks to God that the residents weren't home at the time.
Sarah Calvert May 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
@Jeremy- I feel as if you missed the point. Stating that it is in the housing complex Troy Burne means nothing to me. Perhaps it has an impact to the small surrounding areas but to me I'm glad they put in the price, for I live in Texas. By stating the price it also puts a mental picture of how large this house is compared to a middle class home. Plus on that note, upscale could have a variety of meanings, it all depends on how each individual reading this article interprets the word. The more facts about the home the more I understand the significance of the raging fire that engulfed this specific house.
Derricks June 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
A new start in life. Thank god you and your son were not home I understand the electrical charge on it's own would have been fatal. Our prayers are with you as you put the pieces of your lives back together. You know the solidarity of this neighborhood and there is no mountain that can't b moved to bring back your peace of mind and well being. Meg and Steve


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