An historical mansion overlooking Depue won’t be getting any older. The 4000 square foot former residential care facility – was leveled Saturday afternoon by a fast moving fire. Depue Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Vasquez frets that a fire marshall may have trouble determining its cause.
Vasquez and Spring Valley Fire Chief Todd Bogatitus arrived about 4pm and went to a third alarm. The access road forced firemen to pump water uphill through 1500 feet of hose. Unfortunately, the fire had a good headstart and plenty of wood to burn. A tall column of smoke rose from the hill overlooking Depue’s Mason street. The residents, Gary Perra and his wife got out safely.
Vasquez details how the home was built:
The three story wood home was – at one time – the Rose Hill Manor. Vasquez emphasized that aid from eight departments including Hennepin, Princeton and Peru provided the water that was desperately needed.