Community Looks to Help Victims of Oakdale Fire

The Woodbury Dance Center, where a fifth-grader from the destroyed Oakdale townhome takes lessons, is collecting gift cards for the family.

The Oakdale family whose townhome burned in an April 9 fire is getting a little help from the community.

A fifth-grader who lived at the townhome attends Woodbury Dance Center, which is collecting gift cards for the family.

The dance studio is looking for gift cards for grocery stores, Target, restaurants, etc., according to Mary Swenson, an instructor at Woodbury Dance Center.

People can drop them off at the front desk of Woodbury Dance Center until April 23.

“Just trying to help the family out a bit,” Swenson said. “Sounds like they lost everything, but the family is safe and doing well.”

The Oakdale Fire Department got the call about the fire at the 1100 block of Hillvale Avenue North a little after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9.


The end townhome unit collapsed and was “completely destroyed,” Kevin Wold, deputy fire chief, told Patch. No one was injured.

All seven units were evacuated that night and were still without heat and electricity the next day. The Red Cross was working with the residents there, Wold said.

The Woodbury Dance Center is located at 380 Rivertown Drive, in Woodbury.


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Dawn Aniston April 18, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Mike With your last comment, I think you are trying to "back pedal" a bit. Your first comment should be praising our community for its donations, not commenting about an advertisment for WDC. I think your main issue is WDC, as I believe I recognize your name being associated with another dance studio in Woodbury. The focus here is "external" and helping our community, not "internal" focusing on your business and its competitor.
Cal April 18, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Agree Dawn.
Mike April 19, 2013 at 01:51 AM
Interesting, however, I stick with my statements and have no need to back pedal. Secondly, I have no affiliation with any dance center in Woodbury. How you can come to that conclusion based on my first name is suspect at best, although I will admit Mike is a pretty unusual name. As I stated, and am certainly entitled to my opinion, it would be nice to have a complete list of donation centers to be considered a community effort. I added Skyview to that list.
Kathy Olson April 19, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Skyview Middle School raised something like $600 last Friday. I have to agree with Mike that perhaps more than one location should have been named. When only one location (especially if it's a for-profit business) is stated it comes across as free advertising. If the dance studio were the only location doing anything, that would be different...but I'm guessing I could come up with five with about 30 minutes of research during business hours. I can't really complain though...the patch is free and can I really knock a location for raising funds?...sometimes perception's a thorn though...
Kris Janisch April 19, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Thanks for the update Kathy! I've only been the Oakdale editor for about three weeks, so I don't have great sources and contacts developed yet, and it would be nice if people would contact me with stuff: kris.janisch@patch.com 651-269-2432


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