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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.

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Edina Fire Chief Talks About Operations at Fatal House Fire

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

April 18 – Edina Fire Chief Marty Scheerer talked with Twin Cities Fire Wire today about Monday morning’s house fire that claimed the life of a 54-year-old woman.

“It was a routine fire, except for the tragic loss of the resident,” Scheerer said.

Edina fire crews were called to 5300 block of Oaklawn Avenue at 4:47 a.m.

A police officer, who is also a paid-on-call firefighter in Edina arrived moments before firefighters and performed a quick size-up of the home. He found heavy smoke from throughout the from the 1 1/2-story home and flames showing from the A/B-corner in the basement.0

As Edina Engine 83 arrived, residents informed responders that three people occupy the home and were home. In rapid succession, the second and third alarms were called.

Engine 83’s crews stretched a handline in the front door as Richfield Engine 1 laid a supply line to Engine 83.

“As firefighters made their way in the front door, they found the victim and removed her to an ambulance.”

As crews made their way inside the structure, they encountered an area where the floor burned through. They retreated and gained entry through an egress window in the basement on the D-side of the home.

“We wanted to get a hold on the fire,” Scheerer said. “We had found the one victim and because of the time of the day, we wanted to try to find the other two who were supposed to be home.”

Firefighters made a push into the basement and contained the fire to the basement area.

As crews performed primary and secondary searches of the home, they found that the fire burned through the floor in two rooms. Scheerer estimates a hole about two feet in diameter burned through the living room floor in the front of the home.
A second hole, about six feet in diameter, burned through the kitchen on the B/C-corner of the home.

The fire was declared under control in about 30 minutes, but crews had extensive overhaul work to do. The flames burned through the exterior walls on the A/B-corner of the home and crews had to tear through lathe and plaster to stop the spread eof fire.

Firefighters from Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Richfield and St. Louis Park responded to the fire, along with Hennepin EMS. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office was called into to assist with the investigation of the fire.

Scheerer said that the department recently brought on a fire chaplain. “He handled the situation really well,” Scheerer said of the chaplain’s interactions with the victim’s family.

“He was spectacular and really helped the family and assisted us in dealing with the tragic situation at hand.”

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Woman Dies in Edina House Fire

April 18, 2011 1 comment

April 18 – One woman died in an early-morning house fire in Edina Monday.

Firefighters were called to 5300 block of Oaklawn Avenue around 5 a.m.

“Crews arrived within minutes to discover heavy smoke and flames from the north side of the home,” KSTP-TV reported.

The fire reached three alarms, bringing firefighters from Blooomington, Eden Prarie and Richfield to the scene for assistance.

KARE-TV reported that the fire was likely burning for over an hour before firefighter’s were called to the scene.

Four firefighters were treated at the scene for minor injuries, Hennepin EMS spokesman Christopher Kummer told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

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The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – March 31

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

First Responders Awarded for Life Saving Actions

Eight first responders were given life saving awards for their actions at a house fire in Apple Valley on Feb. 4. Firefighters Trudy Hagert, David Kennedy, Sam Seal and Nick Torrini started CPR on a resident after he collapsed while crews investigated a fire in his home.

Allina Paramedics Katie Kuenzi and Albert Reiff gave advanced cardiac life support intervention and police officers assisted in the save, Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson told the Apple Valley Patch.

  • Read the story and view the video here.

Grant Provides Medical Training for East Bethel Firefighters

A 2009 Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant provided the funding to get half of the East Bethel Fire Department’s firefighters trained at the EMT level, according to ABCNewspapers.com.

Chief Mark DuCharme said the $346,750 grant, which is spread over four years, provided the training for medical emergcnies, which accounts for more than half of the department’s calls.

“This is something we could not afford without the grant,” DuCharme told the paper.

  • Read the story here.

Edina Fire Blotter

The Edina Patch has published an extensive list of emergenicies that Edina fire crews were called to between March 14 – 20.

Firefighters responded to more than 70 EMS calls, several crashes and assisted area departments at two major incidents.

  • Read the story here.

South Metro Fire Looking at ‘Crash Tax’

The South Metro Fire Department is considering a “crash tax,” according to an article in the Pioneer Press

They are considering charing non-residents $577 for responses to serious accident scenes. This could open the door for additional fees at other rescue incidents.

Several departments in the metro have already implented simialr taxes. The article says that Minneapolis created $129,000 in revenue from such fees. St. Paul brought in more than $30,000 in fees.

  • Read the story here

Two Veteran Bethel Firefighters Retired

Fire Chief Shane Swedeen firefighter Gary Fox retired from the department after more than 60 years of responding to emergencies in Bethel.

According to ABC Newspapers.com, Sweeden served for 20 years and Fox gaves 46 years of service to the community. Both joined the department after witnessing fires while they were young.

The two talk about the ups and downs of being a firefighter in the small community in the artice.

  • Read the story here.

Bethel Names New Fire Chief

David Arcand, a six-year member of the Bethel Fire Department, was tapped to lead the department in January.

The new chief talks with ABCNewspapers.com about his goals for the department, which operates on an annual budget of $28,000. He hopes to apply for grants, increase fundraising efforts and raise the department’s ISO rating, which is currently a nine.

  • Read the story here.

Rosemount Honors Emergency Responders

Rosemount named Fire Captain Mike Reis as firefighter of the year, the Rosemount Patch reports. He has been a member for 29 years and has served in several capacities.

  • Read the story here.

 

Fire Officials Talk About Minneapolis Gas Explosion Response

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

We want to update you on the actions of area firefighters after today’s explosion and fire in South Minneapolis.

Both Minneapolis and Richfield were called for a reported house explosion and fire at 62nd Street and Nicollet around 8:36 a.m. This KMSP-TV video shows the explosion.

As firefighters were enroute, it was determined that the incident was in Minneapolis, so Richfield Quint 1, Rescue 1 and Chief 1 continued to the scene based on their auto agreement.

Arriving Minneapolis firefighter cordoned off the area. “We began evacuating bystanders and residents,” Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said. A second alarm was called.

The 20-inch natural gas line was sending flames in excess of 100 feet into the air.

The initial perimeter was Portland to Harriet Avenues (East to West) and 54th Street to the Crosstown (North to South.)

In Minneapolis, Richfield Chief 1 assisted with the evacuation of the Cub Food store across the street from the explosion while Quint 1 helped residents along Nicollet Avenue evacuate their homes, according to Richfield Assistant Chief Wayne Kewitsch.

As manhole covers continued to explode on the south side of the incident, Kewitsch said they expanded the evacuations.

Richfield Chief 2, in coordination with the Richfield police, started evacuating to 66th Street. That area contained a number of residential structures and commercial businesses. Crews from Bloomington, Edina and Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) were called to assist on the Richfield side of the incident.

Penn said that the highest gas readings were found to be 80 parts per million.

As the gas was shut off, Penn said that Minneapolis reduced the number of resources on scene. The flames dissipated by 10:30 a.m.

Several vehicles near the fire were damaged and the sign on Cub Food melted from the intense heat.

By 11:05 a.m., residents were being allowed back in their homes surrounding the blast site.

“After being on scene for a little over two hours, only one fire crew was left on scene to assist Centerpoint Energy.”

“Even though I’m in Maryland at the National Fire Academy, I have been in close contact with command staff in Minneapolis as the incident unfolded this morning,” Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson said in a press release. He was attending an emergency operations training session, with other city staff members.

  • Assignment for Richfield Operations: Richfield Engine 2, Chief 2; Bloomington Engines 1 and 3, Ladder 3 and Chief 1; Edina Engine 81 and Chief 3; MAC Engine 31 and Chiefs 2 and 3

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Fire Destroys St. Louis Park Shop

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

An early-morning fire damaged two shops in a St. Louis Park strip mall on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to Yes Mart, in the Texa-Tonka shopping plaza at Minnetonka Boulevard and Texas Avenue, around 6 a.m.

Public Information Officer Jamie Zwilling told the St. Louis Park Patch that the unoccupied store was fully involved when units arrived.

Flames spread to an adjacent vacant business before being contained, according to KARE-TV.

The fire reached two alarms and mutual aid was called from Edina, Hopkins and Plymouth.

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Video & Photo: Massive Explosion and Fire Rocks South Minneapolis

March 17, 2011 1 comment
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An explosion and fire rocked South Minneapolis at the end of rush hour on Thursday. The incident forced street closures, including the Crosstown and Interstate 35W.

The explosion, near Nicollet Avenue and 60th Street, happened just after 8:30 a.m. and the flames subsided about 90 minutes later.

Richfield, Bloomington and Edina crews worked with Minneapolis firefighters to evacuate residents as the flames grew more than 100 feet.

According to the Star Tribune, the incident happened near a CenterPoint Energy maintenance facility.

In several of the YouTube videos that we posted, you can hear the hissing sound from the explosion site. One video was taken 200 feet away and the noise is clear.

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