June 29 – One person was injured when two cars collided head-on over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Wednesday night.
About 8:30, Minneapolis Police, Fire and Hennepin EMS crews were called to the Third Avenue Bridge for a personal injury accident.
Engine 1 arrived to find two cars in the eastbound lanes of the bridge, about midspan. One occupant was still in the vehicle.
Firefighters helped the EMS crew package the patient and checked the vehicles for any hazards.
Hennepin EMS crews transported the patient with non-life threatening injuries , according to Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer.
- Assignment: Minneapolis Fire Engine 1, Hennepin EMS Medic 424
June 30 – One person suffered smoke inhalation after an apartment fire early Thursday in St. Paul.
Firefighters were called to the 300 block of Dewey Street N. around 2:15 a.m. and Engine 14 arrived to find heavy smoke on the first floor of the three-story apartment building.
A pre-connect was stretched and the fire was quickly contained to the apartment where the fire broke out.
Additional crews checked the upper floors for fire extension. None was found.
Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the fire broke out when a resident fell asleep while cooking.
“The fire was confined to the stove top and the cabinet,” he said.
The occupant was transported to the hospital by Medic 22 for treatment of smoke inhalation.
June 28 – Lake Johanna firefighters battled an intense blaze that burned through several vehicles on a car hauler on Tuesday monring.
Station 1 and 4 crews were called to the scene, on Highway 10, north of Interstate 694 in Arden Hills around 7 a.m.
When he arrived, Chief 1 — Tim Boehlke — found heavy fire showing from the 18-wheel hauler carrying seven vehicles, including cars and pickup trucks.
Ladder 4 arrived and firefighters stretched two hoselines to knock down the bulk of the fire.
Boehlke said crews then used portable ladders to access the vehicles on the second deck of the truck. They doused any hot spots and overhauled the fire.
Engine 4 and Tanker 2 supplied Ladder 4 with water during the firefight and overhaul operations.
The fire started in one of the hauler’s tires and quickly spread to the cargo, Boehlke said. The fire spread to five vehicles.
- Initial Assignment: Engine 4, Ladder 4, Utility 1, Chief 1. Second Alarm: Engine 2, Tanker 2, Utility 2, Station 3 for standby.
June 28 – Fire crews responded to numerous locations in Coon Rapids to clean up a hydraulic fluid release from a garbage truck on Tuesday.
The truck left hydraulic fluid spills from Hanson Boulevard and Highway 242 to 113th Avenue NW and Martin Street.
Coon Rapids firefighters were initially called to a reported fluid spill at Hanson Boulevard and Northdale Boulevard around noon.
Rescue 2 arrived to find a large area of fluid on Hanson at the Highway 10 overpass.
Due to another spill at Hanson and Robinson Drive, Station 3 was requested to respond.
It was soon determined that the truck leaking fluid was stopped at 113th Avenue and Martin Street. Command requested that Station 1 be dispatched to that location.
A duty crew callback was initiated to staff the stations and fire crews returned to service just after 1:30 p.m.
Coon Rapids Police and the Anoka County Highway Department assisted with traffic control and cleanup.
June 27 – St. Paul firefighters worked for close to 45 minutes to free two men who were trapped after their car struck a tree Monday night.
Around 10 p.m., firefighters were called to a reported accident with multiple injuries on Smith Avenue and Curtice Street. Dispatchers advised fire units that police were on scene and that extrication was required.
Engine 15 and Medic 6 arrived found a four-door car with the driver’s side wrapped around a tree with the driver and rear passenger’s side occupant trapped. Two others had escaped the vehicle and command requested a squad and an additional medic.
Firefighter’s cut and removed the roof, cut several doors and pulled the dashboard up.
After close to 45 minutes, firefighter freed the two men from the mangled wreck.
The four occupants were transported to area hospitals and their conditions are unknown.
- Initial Assignment: Engines 8 and 15, Ladder 8 and Medics 6, 8. Special Called: Squad 3, Medic 10 and Chief 2.
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June 26 – Firefighters kept a raging fire from spreading through a 24-unit garage at a Coon Rapids apartment complex on Sunday.
Fire crews were called to 10600 block of Tamarack Street around 7 p.m. While enroute, Anoka County dispatch advised they had multiple calls and a report of one with possible injuries.
Coon Rapids Engine 1 was first to arrive and reported a large garage complex with one unit fully involved. Coon Rapids Captain 12 assumed command and requested a general alarm.
Crews laid a supply line and pulled a pre-connected handline and a 2 1/2-inch handline and quickly knocked down the main body of fire.
The blaze damaged three units. One unit had extensive damage and two neighboring units suffered moderate damage.
- Assignment: Coon Rapids: Engines 1, 2 and 3, Chief 2 Mutual Aid: Anoka-Champlin covered Coon Rapids Station 3