Man found dead after Chanhassen motel fire

Published 9:57 am Monday, March 17, 2014

CHANHASSEN — A man is dead after a fire at a Chanhassen motel.

The fire department arrived at the Brookside Motel shortly after 2 a.m. Monday and could see heavy fire coming from the windows of a twin unit.

Chanhassen Fire Chief John Wolff said a man he describes as elderly died in the fire. One man escaped safely.

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The cabin-style motel provides low-income housing, and there are working smoke detectors in the units. But Wolff says there were no sprinklers inside, which could have made a difference.

The fire’s cause is still under investigation.