Shakopee Valley News:
A Shakopee family’s home was badly damaged in a fire on Saturday afternoon.
The Shakopee Fire Department was dispatched at 3:36 p.m. to a house fire in the 900 block of Shumway Street.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Fire Department responded to aid Shakopee firefighters, who arrived to find fire in the garage and smoke coming from the attic. Firefighters attacked the fire in the garage and kitchen, and then searched the home. Portions of the ceiling were removed so hot spots in the attic could be extinguished, according to the fire report. Two engines, a ladder truck and SMSC ladder truck responded.
Shakopee Fire Lt. Corey Murray said the cause of the fire has not been determined but it appears accidental and appears to have started in the garage “but there are a few possible sources of ignition so exactly what started it is unknown.”
A gofundme.com fundraiser has been started to aid “the Mendez family” who lived in the house for 20 years.
“This family of nine lost everything,” the fundraiser says. “We would like to ask for help to cover their daily needs during these tragic times. Please helps us get this family back on their feet.”