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Victims Identified in Minnetonka House Fire

A married couple was found deceased in their home on Westwood Road after the Friday night fire.

The names of the victims in the Friday night fire on Westwood Road in Minnetonka were released Sunday. 

Brian Humphry, 78, and Sandy Humphrey, 76, were found dead in their home at 19 Westwood Road after the fire was extinguished. Both victims' times of death were listed as 12:20 a.m. Saturday morning by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. The report stated that the couple "died of injuries suffered in a house fire."

Authorities were called to the scene north of I-394 around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. The house was engulfed in flames when they arrived. 

Two bodies were found inside the home after the fire was extinguished.

The Humphreys raised their three children in the Minnetonka home.

Sandra McLeod Humphrey was an author of children's books with the intent to better the world. Her books have titles such as these Dare to Dream!: 25 Extraordinary Lives and Hot Issues, Cool Choices: Facing Bullies, Peer Pressure, Popularity, and Put-downs

Brian Humphrey was very involved with ICA Food Shelf. He worked with the food shelf as a partner from Oak Knoll Lutheran Church. He organized food drives for the homeless, among many other services to the community.

The State Fire Marshall and Hennepin County Medical Examiner continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

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Donna Duchene November 25, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Brian Humphrey and his wife were both very active in their community and anything but elderly. Brian served for many years as a volunteer at ICA foodshelf, where he will be very sadly missed. To identify them as elderly is a great disservice to them.
Sandra Andersen November 26, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I thoroughly agree with Donna's statement. Elderly is not a good descriptive word for Brian and Sandy Humphrey. Active, energetic, compassionate, involved in a life of service to others are better words. The press needs to derive better words to identify people who may have passed middle age but are still in the prime of life. Categorizing a person in a certain age group is not usually necessary, and the press needs to be more sensitive to the fact that the use of the word "elderly" can give a hint of lesser respect for the value of a human life.
Becky Glander (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Thank you, Donna and Sandra. I agree with your statements and made the change to the article. My heart goes out to the Humphrey family and friends. What a very sad time.
Becky Glander (Editor) November 26, 2012 at 06:14 AM
http://www.kidscandoit.com/kids-book-author.html Check out this website. We have lost two very great people.
Jo Warren November 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Thank you to all of you. I'm one of Brian and Sandy's grandchildren, and it's very uplifting to us to see how respected and loved they were by the community. We can't thank you enough for your support.
O. Warfield November 27, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Oh My Gosh! I just found out. Sandy McCloud was an inspiration to many of us. As an author, she was my mentor and I never got to express how much she meant to me. I planned to meet her one day, some way. If I live the kind of life she'd want me to, maybe I still will. My deepest sympathies to Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey's family and friends.
Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D. November 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I met Sandra via LinkedIn. About 10 of us formed a very small loving group as we support each other as authors. Sandra was one of the ones that I always emailed if I had a question to ponder. Although I'd never met her personally, I felt that I knew her. I purchased two of her books and plan to give one as a Christmas gift. I am sure that legacy, books and kind spirit will live on in the hearts of many. Her website and books has helped so many children and people all over. Sandra will be missed!

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