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Sunday Evening Fire Destroys Vehicle, Damages Garage Along Oakbrooke Way

Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said the homeowner's decision to shut his garage door may have saved his home.

Roughly 30 Eagan Fire Department personnel responded to a two-alarm fire on Sunday evening that began in an attached garage at a home along Oakbrooke Way in Eagan.

No one was killed or injured in the fire, which started just before 5:30 p.m., according to Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott. The blaze dealt heavy damage to an attached garage and destroyed a vehicle parked in the garage, but left the home largely untouched.

Homeowner Randy Mathiowetz said he had returned home from the Vikings game and was reading the Sunday newspaper at his home when he heard a "popping noise" coming from his garage.

Mathiowetz opened the door to his garage, and saw smoke filling the room. He shut the door, ran outside and dialed emergency dispatchers.

Click here to see photos from the scene of the garage fire.

Mathiowetz' decision to shut the door may have spared his home from further damage, according to the fire chief. Although the garage and car are likely a total loss, the home sustained only smoke damage.

Mathiowetz is the only occupant of the home. The home is insured, he said.

Scott believes the fire began in Mathiowetz' vehicle, which was parked in the garage at the time. An investigation into the precise cause of the blaze may take several weeks, Scott added.

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