Fire prevention forum set for March 16

The Kenwood Isles Area Association and Lowry Hill Residents Inc. neighborhood associations will host a public forum March 16 to provide information about a fire that destroyed a Lake of the Isles home and recommendations for home fire prevention and insurance.

The forum will address lingering questions about the Nov. 30 fire that resulted in the total loss of a home at 2528 W. Lake of the Isles Parkway, including what caused the blaze and why the home was demolished so quickly. It will also look at how the circumstances of this fire differ from two earlier fires in the area, one at 2100 Irving Ave. S. in December 2000, and the other at 1950 Kenwood Pkwy. in March 2001.

Information will also be given about recommendations for home fire prevention, especially in older homes. There will also be a presentation about what homeowners should know about their household insurance policy and the role of an insurance company in the case of a fire.

Presenters at the forum will include David DeWall, Minneapolis Fire Department chief and current city fire marshal; Minneapolis Regulatory Services/Problem Properties Inspector and retired City Fire Marshal Tom Deegan; and Mark Dulda, the public affairs director for the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.

The forum will be held from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. For more information, contact Pat Scott at 374-1173 or, or contact Fran Davis at 925-8408 or