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Update: Brooklyn Park Fire Caused by Child Playing with Lighter

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment
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We have an update on yesterday’s apartment fire in Brooklyn Park.

Firefighters were called to the Willow Apartments at 6010 65th Ave. at 5:15 p.m. for a report of an apartment fire.

Brooklyn Park Chief 2, Deputy Chief Todd Seitz, arrived to find fire showing from the top floor on the A-side of the apartment building. The structure was still occupied and a second alarm was called because, “we had
what appeared to be movement from within the unit involved,” Seitz said. He assumed command.

The the two-story building, constructed of wood-frame, has three wings that are separated by fire walls forming a U-shape. The fire was burning in the center wing that measured 430 feet long by 60 feet wide. There are 120 units in that building.

Crews from Brooklyn Park Engines 31 and 32 deployed a 150-foot 2 1/2-inch line with a wye to the second floor. A 200-foot stretch of 1 3/4-inch hose was supplemented with an additional length of hose to make the fire apartment. Brooklyn Park Chief 21 assumed interior command.

“Crews reported thick smoke and heat inside the hallway just passed the fire doors leading to the unit,” Seitz said.

Command was receiving reports of people jumping from second floor windows and Brooklyn Park Aerial 21 was assigned to rescue operations on the D-side.

West Metro Aerial 11 was positioned on the C-side for roof operations. Brooklyn Park Engine 12 was tasked with searching the fire floor.

The fire was contained to the original apartment and the unit below suffered water damaged.

According to Seitz, the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter. Damage was estimated at $45,000.

The Red Cross was called in to help two families.

  • Assignment: First Alarm: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 31, 32, 41, Brooklyn Park Aerial 21, West Metro Aerial 11, Brooklyn Park Chiefs 1, 2, 21 and West Metro Chief 11. Second Alarm: Brooklyn Center Engine 3 and Chief 2, Maple Grove Engine 11 and Chief 4, Osseo Tanker 11 and Chief 1 and Plymouth Lieutenant 23. Osseo Utility 11 provided air bottles. Plymouth Engine 21 covered Brooklyn Park

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Child Playing with Matches Ignites Minneapolis Fire

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

A child playing with matches started a house fire that injured one resident in North Minneapolis Sunday night.

Firefighters were called to 2723 Knox Ave. North at 9:47 p.m.

Engine 14 arrived and reported flames showing from the rear of the 1 1/2-story home. Crews helped the residents escape.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn, the fire started in the bedroom and quickly spread to other rooms in the structure. She said the cause was determined to be “accidental due to a child playing with matches.”

A second alarm was called at 9:57 and the fire was under control within 30 minutes.

One resident was transported to North Memorial Hospital for unknown injuries.

The Minneapolis fire department is urging parents and guardians to talk with children about the dangers of lighters and matches.