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Coon Rapids Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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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
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Updated: Lightning May Have Sparked Andover Fire

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June 3 – A house fire in Andover on Friday morning may have been sparked by lightning as a small storm moved through the metro.

Andover fire crews were called to 2505 153rd Ln. about 9:30 a.m. for a report of a home struck by lightning. The Anoka County auto aid was alerted as well.

Chief 3 went on scene with light smoke showing from the roof of the 2 1/2-story dwelling.

Firefighters climbed ground ladders and stretched a hoseline to the roof near the attic to open up the area where damage was visible.

For a brief time, as firefighters opened the voids, a moderate amount of smoke showing.

Ham Lake, Anoka-Champlin, Oak Grove and Ramsey crews were on scene. An engine from Coon Rapids covered Andover while crews were at the scene.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Ramsey Dwelling Fire Extinguished Quickly

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MAY 19 – Ramsey Fire crews, along with Anoka County Auto Aid, were dispatched to the 15000 Block of Willemite Street at around 2:20 p.m. today.

First arriving units reported smoke showing and deployed pre-connected handlines to the structure,  quickly knocking down the fire.

A drop tank was set up as this area has no hydrants; however, due to the quick knockdown of the fire, water shuttles were not needed.

The Auto Aid brought fire crews from Andover, Oak Grove and Anoka-Champlin to the scene.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Updated: Fire Breaks out at Anoka Recycling Plant

May 3 – We’ve got an update on yesterday’s recycling plant fire in Anoka.

Anoka-Champlin (ACFD) Fire Chief 2 arrived to find heavy black smoke and fire in a two-story high shredding machine at Alter Recycling at 2905 N. Ferry St. The machine was used to shred vehicles. KSTP-TV’s helicopter footage shows the severity of the smoke and flames when firefighters arrived.

The Anoka County automatic aid policy brought Andover and Ramsey units when ACFD was dispatched.

ACFD Engine 3 arrived and stretched two handlines. Using the on-board foam system firefighters flowed a foam and water mixture onto the raging fire,  Anoka-Champlin Fire Chief Charlie Thompson told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Chief 1 assumed command and worked with ACFD Chief 2, Andover Chief 1, Maple Grove Chief 4 and Ramsey Chief 1. Command requested mutual aid from Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove fire departments.

Engine 11 arrived and assisted Engine 3 with dousing the fire.

Aerial 21 worked with Andover and Ramsey crews to suppress the fire, which was brought under control in less than 30 minutes.

According to Thompson, the fire began on the conveyer belt of the machine after it came in contact with a hot piece of metal.

Maple Grove firefighters covered ACFD Station 1 and Brooklyn Center crews covered ACFD station 2.

Easter Eve Fire Erupts in Champlin

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 23 – Firefighters battled a house fire at a Champlin home on Saturday evening.

Firefighters were called to the 800 block of Ghostley Street around 9:15 p.m.

The first units to arrive reported fire from the roof of the two-story dwelling.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Maple Grove Townhouse Damaged by Kitchen Fire

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment

April 22 – Maple Grove and Anoka-Champlin fire crews were called to a kitchen fire in a townhouse on Thursday afternoon.

Police officers were the first to arrive to the 3:45 p.m. call and reported a working kitchen fire at 10467 Yorktown Ln.

Maple Grove Chief 5 and Captain 31 arrived with Engines 12 and 31 and units began the fire attack.

The crew of Engine 31 stretched a 1 3/4-inch line through the front door of the structure. A backup hoseline was brought to the front door and other crews began ventilation. A nearby water supply was established, but it was not needed.

Fire Chief Scott Anderson said the fire was knocked down in five minutes and overhaul operations began.

The fire was contained to the kitchen and dining room, but the home suffered heat and smoke damaged. The three attached homes were not damaged.

The ignition of cooking oil on the stove is blamed for the blaze, Anderson said.

  • Assignment: Maple Grove Engines 12, 31, Ladder 21, Utility 22 and Chiefs 1, 2, 3 and 5. Auto Aid: Anoka-Champlin Engine and Ladder. North Memorial Ambulance.

Breaking: Numerous Agencies at Coon Rapids Brush Fire

April 15, 2011 1 comment

April 15 – Several departments have been called to a large brush fire in Coon Rapids on Friday afternoon.

Coon Rapids crews were called to the Yellow Pine Street NW near 128th Avenue NW around 3:30 p.m. and found several fires burning along the railroad tracks that line the west side of the Bunker Hills Golf Course.

Mutual aid was called from Andover, Anoka-Champlin and Ham Lake for brush rigs and firefighters.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story as more information becomes available.