Incident Summary:

10/25/2003: Unknown perpetrators torched a $4.5 to $6 million lakeside mansion under nearing completion on the 6900 block of North Shore Trail in Forest Lake, Minnesota in the United States. The arson completely destroyed to home to ashes, but there were no casualties in the incident. The fire was called in at about 3:00am, and after investigation was ruled an arson. No one claimed responsibility for the incident, and though an environmental group may have been involved in harassing phone calls and messages to the owners of the home days prior to the incident, there were no substantial links made between the calls and the arson. A $100,000 reward was offered for a conviction.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Forest Lake

Location Details:
The incident occurred at a mansion on the 6900 block of North Shore Trail in Forest Lake, MN

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity private mansion
Specific Description mansion home nearing completion in Forest Lake, MN
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $5,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information After the investigation, the cause of the fire/arson was still unconfirmed and unclear, though authorities were able to conclude that the incident was arson, and not an accidental fire. The perpetrators are unknown, and there was no link made between the harassing phone calls, possibly from an environmental group, and the arson.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Amy Becker, "$100,000 Reward Offered in Fire Investigators Say Mansion Blaze was Arson," Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), November 4, 2003.
Amy Becker, Harassing Calls Probed in Fire at Multimillion-Dollar Home; Environmentalist Group Possibly Involved," Saint Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), October 28, 2003.
"Fire destroys lakeshore mansion under construction," Associated Press State & Local Wire, October 26, 2003.