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St. Louis Park Fire Reaches 5 Alarms, Firefighter Injured

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The story as updated Wednesday morning

June 7 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to condominium complex fire in St. Louis Park on Tuesday, just as temperatures broke historic records.

The fire was reported at 4625 Minnetonka Blvd. around 3:30 p.m. and it brought auto aid from Edina and Richfield.

Firefighters found flames showing from the second floor of the three-story Nachez Place condominium complex. The fire extended from the second floor to the top floor before crews contained the fire.

St. Louis Park Spokesman Jamie Zwilling said that two units received extensive damage. One-third of the building had smoke damage.

The fire was under control in 30 minutes.

The fire quickly escalated to five alarms, bring about 15 departments and more than 75 firefighters.

“It reached five alarms because of the excess heat,” said Zwilling. About the time of the fire, the mercury hit reached 102 degrees.

A Golden Valley firefighter was transported to the hospital suffering from heat-related injuries, according to Zwilling.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said they dispatched three ambulances and three supervisors to assist evaluate residents and monitor firefighters.

The following departments responded: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, MAC Fire, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbindale and Wayzata.

Now Hiring: Brooklyn Park’s Looking for Part-time Firefighters

June 4 – The Brooklyn Park Fire Department is currently hiring part-time firefighters. The application period closes at 5 p.m. on June 15.

The department is one of the busiest non full-time departments in Minnesota.

The department will be hosting a open house on June 8 and they are encouraging applicants to attend. The event will detail out the department’s requirements, time commitments and break down their hiring categories. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at Fire Station 2 at 5700 85th Ave. N. For more on the open house, click here.

Click here to view the department’s application.

You can find all of Twin Cities Fire Wire’s Brooklyn Park Fire Department coverage here.

Blast Blows Brooklyn Park Duplex Apart

June 1 – An explosion caused extensive damage to a Brooklyn Park duplex on Wednesday.

Around 1:45 p.m. fire crews from Brooklyn Park, with auto aid from Osseo, were called to 7505 Kentucky Ave. for a reported explosion.

Fire units arrived to find that the walls two sides of the home were blown out. Photos from KSTP-TV show the extent of the damage.

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

Brooklyn Park Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

May 26 – Firefighters kept a raging garage fire from spreading to an attached home in Brooklyn Park on Thursday.

Fire crews were called to 8008 Camden Ave. at 9:20 p.m. While enroute, Captain 31 called a second alarm due visible flames and smoke.

Captain 31 arrived to fire a two car, wood-frame garage fully engulfed and threatening the attached home. A van was also burning in the driveway.

Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz said that crews from the first arriving engine pulled a crosslay to protect the exposures. A 2 1/2-inch line, connected to a Blitzfire, was deployed to tame the garage fire.

The fire was contained to the garage and Seitz said the home only suffered smoke damage.

The attic was filled with cellulose insulation and Maple Grove was called to help remove it.

Seitz said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the van.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park: Engines 11, 21, 41, Rescues 11 and 31 Chiefs 1 and 21, Captains 31, 34 and 41. Mutual aid: Brooklyn Center engine and salvage, Coon Rapids engine, Fridley Aerial. Osseo Tanker 11 covered Brooklyn Park.

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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.

Brooklyn Park House Fire Called ‘Suspicious’

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April 11 – Officials say that¬† Monday’s fire that heavily damaged a Brooklyn Park home is suspicious.

Brooklyn Park and West Metro crews were dispatched to 6633 Kentucky Ave. at 9:03 p.m.

The first unit arrived to find the one-story, 1,500-square-foot dwelling well involved in fire. The home was close to the end of a dirt road which was a dead-end.

The first engine arrived and deployed a master stream to the blazing structure and also pulled a line to protect the exposure on the D-side.

Crews encountered water supply issues when they first arrived, because the closest hydrant was over 1,000 feet away, according to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz.

Firefighters focused on protecting the exposures and controlling the heavy volume of fire coming from the structure.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

The Hennepin County Fire Investigation Team was called to assist with the investigation. Seitz said the fire is suspicious and that officials are looking for a vehicle that left the area prior to the fire being discovered.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Osseo Tanker 11 with Chief 1 covered the city.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 21, 31, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 31 Chiefs 1, 2, 3, 21 and 31. Mutual aid: West Metro Chief 11 and Aerial 11, Brooklyn Center Engine 3 and Salvage and Maple Grove Aerial 11.

Fire Engulfs Brooklyn Park Home

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April 11 – The orange glow from a fire that heavily damaged a Brooklyn Park home on Monday night could be seen for miles.

Around 9 p.m. fire crews were called to the 6500 block Kentucky Avenue N. for a reported car that crashed into a dwelling and ignited a fire.

Units arrived and reported heavy fire from the one-story dwelling.

Several departments were called on mutual aid to the scene and the fire was knocked down in about 30 minutes.

TwinCitiesFireWire.com will update the story when more information is available.