A married couple was killed when their Minnetonka home caught fire late Friday night.
When the Minnetonka Fire Department arrived at the scene on Westwood Road at about 10:30 p.m., the single-family home was fully engulfed in flames. The glow could be seen from blocks way in all directions.
After the fire was extinguished, the two bodies were found in the home. The victims were later identified as 78-year-old Brian Humphrey and his 76-year-old wife, Sandy.
Firefighters explained that the couple likely did not have time to escape the intense fire, and crews could not gain entry until the flames were out.
The Humphreys were very active in their Lutheran church, and both neighbors and congregants told FOX 9 News they are mourning the loss.
"They were the most giving people," Said Dewnelle Rodningen. "We are just all devastated."
The couple had lived at the home since the early 1950s, but had been thinking about moving and were in the process of updating the home -- including its electrical systems.
Neighbors say the couple was very active in the local community. Neighbors say Brian Humphrey helped out in many ways, and Sandy, who penned several young adult books, excelled with children.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Minnetonka Police Department, State Fire Marshal and Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office.