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1 Year Later: Minneapolis Fire Claims Six

April 1, 2011 Leave a comment

April 2 – If you drive by 3001 Lake St. today, there is nothing more than a vacant lot.

One year ago today, Minneapolis firefighters fought in vain to rescue several residents who were trapped in a raging fire above McMahon’s Pub at 3001 Lake Street. Three adults and three children died in the tragic blaze.

Several firefighters were caught in what was believed to have been a flashover. The videos posted below show the volume of fire that crews faced shortly after arrival.

After being forced to withdraw from the building, firefighters poured water into the structure to tame the flames. They made their way back into the structure, but it was gutted.

Dogs were brought in that day to help find the remains of those thought to be missing.

The Star Tribune reported on several code violations that were found in the bar just days before the fire broke out. You can read the story here.

It was Minneapolis’ deadliest fire in more than two decades.

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3 Years Ago: Fire Destroys Maxwells in Minneapolis

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Three years ago today simultaneous fires had two-thirds of Minneapolis’ staffing tied up for hours.

“We had 60 of our 90 on-duty firefighters at both scenes,” then-Fire Chief Jim Clack told Firehouse.com. “We did a call-back for off duty firefighters to come in and respond to other fires and emergencies in the city.”

The fire broke out about 10:30 a.m. at 1201 Washington Ave. South. The fire reached two-alarms with additional companies responding for relief.

A second fire, on Nicollet Avenue, damaged a commercial building.

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Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire: 28 Years Later

November 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Courtesy of Wells Fargo Archives

Twenty eight years ago today, a major fire struck downtown Minneapolis and became one of the costliest fires in Minneapolis history. The “Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire” occurred on Nov. 25, 1982

According to the Extra Alarm Association’s website, the first alarm was received 5:06 p.m. Engines 10, 6, 1, Ladders 1 and 11 and Chief 1 were dispatched to a telephone alarm for a fire in a building under demolition on Nicollet Avenue and 6th Street.

The fire started in the former Donaldson’s department store and quickly spread to the occupied 16-story Northwestern National Bank (now wells Fargo) headquarters.

The second alarm was called at 5:13 p.m. and by 5:35, five alarms had been struck.

The fire consumed the top 11 floors of the Northwestern Bank building.

Twenty four engine companies, including from the reserve fleet, 11 ladders, “Big Red” and several other units were called to the scene before it was brought under control at 4:59 a.m. — almost 12 hours after the initial dispatch.

Additional Minneapolis fire companies operated at the scene until Nov. 30.

Two juveniles were charged with setting the fire, which caused an estimated $100 million in damage.

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