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Firefighters Battle Blaze and Hot Weather in Cottage Grove

June 6, 2011 3 comments
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This story was updated with additional details and photos on Monday evening.

June 6 – Firefighters from the South metro worked to contain a house fire in Cottage Grove on Monday afternoon.

Cottage Grove crews were called to 8255 Hyde Ave. just at 3:53 p.m. The initial call reported flames from the back of a home.

Ladder 26 arrived to find heavy fire on the B and C sides of the two-story, split-level home on arrival. The crew stretched a 1 3/4-inch hoseline through the front door to the second floor.

“They did not encounter very much smoke, but they had a good amount of heat,” Deputy Chief Rick Redenius told Twin Cites Fire Wire. He said they opened the ceiling and found a heavy volume of fire traveling through the attic area.

“Command saw that the roof was starting to fail under heavy fire conditions, so we pulled the crew out and went to a defensive attack.”

Firefighters on Engine 25 deployed a 1 3/4-inch hoseline to the rear of the home. A 2 1/2-inch hoseline was pulled to the B-side to douse the fire that was burning through the attic.

Once the fire was knocked down, crews moved back to the interior of the home.

Redenius said the back of the home was destroyed and the second floor of the home suffered extensive damage.

As firefighters went about their duties on the scene, temperatures reached 95 degrees. Crews were cycled through rehab with water and wet towels.

“Our chiefs and safety officers were keeping an eye out for any firefighters who looked distressed,” said Redenius. No injuries were reported.

The fire was placed under control in about 45 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but police and fire officials, but it appeared to start near the back deck of the home, according to Redenius.

Firefighters from Newport, Saint Paul Park and Woodbury were called to assist Cottage Grove crews.

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Ambulance Accident Leaves 1 Injured in Anoka

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment
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March 6 – An ambulance responding to a medical call was involved in an accident in Anoka on Sunday morning.

The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department was called to the intersection of 7th Avenue and Highway 10 around 10:30 a.m. While enroute, crews were advised of entrapment.

Anoka-Champlin Chief 2 reported a crash involving an Allina EMS ambulance and a passenger vehicle. He further reported that the occupant of the car was trapped. Elk River Fire Department sent an ambulance to the scene.

Fire crews extricated the driver of the car and she was transported to Mercy Hospital with unknown injuries.

The two EMS crew member suffered minor injuries, according to Anoka Police.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.