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St. Paul Firefighter Falls Down Elevator Shaft at Brewery Fire

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

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June 21 – A St. Paul firefighter suffered minor injuries after falling down an elevator shaft at Stroh’s Brewery on Tuesday night. He was battling one of two fires in the vacant complex.

Fire crews were called to the complex, at 707 E. Minnehaha Ave.,  just before 9 p.m. for a lightning strike with smoke showing from the complex.

Engine 4 arrived to find smoke showing from a two-story building on the Southwest side of the facility. Firefighters found  rubbish burning and quickly contained the smoky fire.

Shortly after that was knocked down, crews found smoke coming from a four-story building across the alley, Chief Tim Butler told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Command requested two additional engines to assist with water supply and additional personnel. Crews had to stretch several hundred feet of hose from the street to the fire buildings.

When crews forced their way inside the building, they found heavy smoke on all floors. Crews began opening up the building from the exterior to perform ventilation.

As firefighters searched for the seat of the fire a veteran firefighter fell about 15 feet down an elevator shaft.

He was removed from the shaft and was examined at the scene. He suffered minor cuts and bruises and was taken to the hospital for further examination.

“We were very lucky tonight,” Butler said after the fire was out. “This could have been a whole lot worse.”

Firefighters continued to search for the fire. It was located in the basement and was brought under control.

As heavy rain pushed through the metro area, St. Paul firefighters packed up several hundred feet of hose while the other crews evacuated the smoke from the building.

Crews remained on scene until 11 p.m. and investigators are looking into the cause of the fires.

St. Paul firefighters battled a fire on the roof of Stroh’s on June 9.

  • Assignment: Engine 4, 7, 22, Ladder 7, Squad 1, Chief 3. RIT Assignment: Engine 8/Medic 8, Ladder 18, Squad 3, Medic 18, Ladder 8. Special Called: Engines 15 and 24 and Ladder 10 with the Air Trailer

Fire at Vacant Stroh’s Brewey in St. Paul

June 9, 2011 2 comments
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June 9 – St. Paul firefighters doused a small fire on the roof of the vacant Stroh’s Brewery on the East side Thursday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to 707 Minnehaha Ave. E., around 5:20, for a report of black smoke from the roof of a building. The complex, vacated in the late 1990s, has a variety of buildings on both sides of Minnehaha Avenue.

Engine 4 arrived to find light smoke from the roof of the multi-level building. Heights ranged from seven stories to four stories.

Ladder 7 positioned in front of the building and Engine 17 laid a supply line from Engine 4 to a hydrant east of the complex.

Firefighters attempted to access the top of the building from the interior, but found the stairs unusable. Ladder 7’s aerial was placed to the roof of the four-story side of the building and firefighters found a pile of roofing materials on fire.

Crews stretched a 2 1/2-inch hoseline up the aerial and supplied a 1 3/4-inch line that was used to extinguish the fire in minutes.

As investigators began their work, crews disassembled the hoselines and carried them back down the ladder.

A fire at the brewery in 2005 reached two alarms and the thick black smoke could be seen for miles, according to the Extra Alarm Association’s website (see last three photos).

The Sept. 7 fire destroyed the  building that was often used by vagrants. Fire was through the roof of the structure by the time firefighters arrived and crews went into defensive mode.

  • Assignment: Engines 4, 17 and 8, Ladder 7, Squad 2 and Chief 3

Arson Fire Damages South Minneapolis Building

June 5 – An early-morning fire in South Minneapolis on Sunday is arson, officials say.

Fire crews were called to 2121 Chicago. Ave. at 5: 11 a.m.

They found a shed burning in the rear of the building, Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said.

The flames spread to a porch and the rear stairwell of the adjacent two-story building. The vacant building housed commercial space on the first floor and residential areas on the second floor.

Penn said a second alarm was called for additional resources and to help keep the fire from spreading.

The fire was deemed arson and Minneapolis police are continuing he investigation.

Small, Smoky Fire Contained at Downtown St. Paul Building

May 12 – St. Paul firefighters were called to a smoky two-alarm fire in a downtown building early Thursday.

Units were dispatched to the former Bremer Bank building, at 360 Cedar St., at 5:55 a.m. for a report of smoke in the building.

Chief 2 and Engine 15 arrived and began an investigation. The structure features multiple levels with more than 52,000 square feet of space and is vacant and awaiting demolition for the light rail project.

Engine 15 found heavy smoke in the lobby and pulled a hoseline to the front door. Engine 6 was assigned to supply Engine 15 with water.

Continuing the search for fire, Engine 8 went to the second floor and Ladder 8 accessed the roof of the building.

As crews continued to search for the source of the smoke, a second alarm was called at 6:15.

Crews began opening windows and doors to allow the smoke condition to lift.

Around 6:20, Squad 1 reported finding a charred electrical panel in the basement and called for a hoseline.

Excel was called to the scene to shut off the power.

The last unit cleared the scene around 8:30.

  • Assignment: Engines 15, 8, 6, Ladder 8, Medic 8, Squad 1, Chief 2. We don’t have the RIT and second alarm assignments, but Engines 10 and 18, Ladders 10 and 18, Squad 2 and Chief 1 were also on scene.

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Breaking: Explosion at Fridley Building

May 10, 2011 1 comment
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May 10 – Fire and EMS crews are at the scene of an explosion in a Fridley industrial park late Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to 160 83rd Ave. NE around 11:15 a.m. As police officers arrived, they reported a strong chemical odor from the one-story building.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building when Twin Cities Fire Wire arrived.

It appeared that crews were performing decontamination in at least one area and several ambulances were on scene.

There didn’t appear to be any damage to the exterior of the building.

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

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Minneapolis Firefighter Suffers Minor Injuries in Fall from Roof

May 4 – A Minneapolis firefighter suffered minor injuries after falling from a ladder while checking for extension at a fire early Wednesday morning.

Crews were called to a fire at a used car dealership in the 2600 block of West Broadway around 12:15 a.m.

They found several vehicles burning in the lot when they arrived.

Firefighters contained the fire before it spread to the one-story office building, according to Assistant Chief Dave DeWall.

As firefighters were checking for extension, a firefighter began climbing a ground ladder to the roof of the building when it started to slide down the building.

The firefighter fell about 10 feet and rode the ladder most of the way. Video from WCCO-TV shows the firefighter falling.

He walked to the ambulance and North Memorial EMS crews transported him. He was examined at the hospital and he suffered a few cuts and bruises.

“He did not sustain any injuries that kept him from returning to duty. ” DeWall said. He returned to duty before the shift was over.

Fire Sweeps Through Hugo Warehouse

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 16 – Several fire departments were called to a warehouse fire in Hugo on Saturday afternoon.

Hugo fire crews were called to Glamos Wire Products at 5561 152nd St. N. for an automatic fire alarm around 12:40 p.m. As units went enroute, dispatchers provide the update of smoke from a warehouse and then smoke and flames from the building.

A Hugo chief went on scene and reported heavy fire and smoke showing from a large one-story warehouse. Mutual aid was called from Forest Lake and White Bear Lake.

Forest Lake’s aerial platform was used with several handlines to contain the fire.

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