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Coon Rapids Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

June 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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June 26 – Firefighters kept a raging  fire from spreading through a 24-unit garage at a Coon Rapids apartment complex on Sunday.

Fire crews were called to 10600 block of Tamarack Street around 7 p.m.  While enroute,  Anoka County dispatch advised they had multiple calls and a report of one with possible injuries.

Coon Rapids Engine 1 was first to arrive and reported a large garage complex with one unit fully involved.  Coon Rapids Captain 12 assumed command and requested a general alarm.

Crews laid a supply line and pulled a pre-connected handline and a 2 1/2-inch handline and quickly knocked down the main body of fire.

The blaze damaged three units.  One unit had extensive damage and two neighboring units suffered moderate damage.

  • Assignment: Coon Rapids: Engines 1, 2 and 3, Chief 2 Mutual Aid: Anoka-Champlin covered Coon Rapids Station 3

Fire Damages Garage in Frogtown

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

June 22 – Fire damaged a garage in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 5:30 p.m. units were called to the corner of Marion Street and University Avenue for a detached garage fire.

The dispatcher came back, saying that several 9-1-1 calls were received and that police officers found the fire on Aurora Avenue near Marion.

Engine 18 found heavy smoke showing from a one-car garage.

According to scanner traffic, Engine 18 stretched a pre-connect and Squad 1 took a backup hoseline.

Engine 22 was assigned to water supply and Ladder 18 opened the structure.

The fire was placed under control in about 10 minutes.

  • Assignment: Engines 18 and 22, Ladder 18, Squad 1 and Chief 2

Fire Consumes Bloomington Garage

May 25 – Fire destroyed a large garage in Bloomington last week.

The call was received at 9:30 p.m. for a garage fire at West 110th Street and Johnson Avenue South.

Engine 2 was first to arrive and found heavy fire showing from the four-stall garage. Firefighters deployed a pre-connected 1 3/4-inch hoseline and protected a home on the B-side that was in close proximity.

“The fire was well advanced upon our arrival and all operations were conducted from the exterior of the garage due to the failure of the roof, ” Assistant Fire Chief Jay Forster told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

The crew from Engine 5 supplied Engine 2 with water and stretched a second hoseline to attack the fire.

Chief 2 assumed command and assigned Chief 5 to Division C and Chief 3 as the Safety Officer.

“Due to all the contents in the garage it was quite labor intensive getting the fire out,” Forster said. “We ended up using a good amount of class A foam.”

As the fire was knocked down, crews from additional units were assigned to clear debris from the garage and overhaul.

One firefighter suffered a minor eye injury and the homeowner was treated for a hand injury.

The garage was a total loss and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 4 and 5, Ladders 2, 4 and 5, Chiefs 2, 3 and 5

Brooklyn Park Garage Fire Held Before Spreading

May 26 – Firefighters kept a raging garage fire from spreading to an attached home in Brooklyn Park on Thursday.

Fire crews were called to 8008 Camden Ave. at 9:20 p.m. While enroute, Captain 31 called a second alarm due visible flames and smoke.

Captain 31 arrived to fire a two car, wood-frame garage fully engulfed and threatening the attached home. A van was also burning in the driveway.

Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz said that crews from the first arriving engine pulled a crosslay to protect the exposures. A 2 1/2-inch line, connected to a Blitzfire, was deployed to tame the garage fire.

The fire was contained to the garage and Seitz said the home only suffered smoke damage.

The attic was filled with cellulose insulation and Maple Grove was called to help remove it.

Seitz said the cause of the fire is under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the van.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park: Engines 11, 21, 41, Rescues 11 and 31 Chiefs 1 and 21, Captains 31, 34 and 41. Mutual aid: Brooklyn Center engine and salvage, Coon Rapids engine, Fridley Aerial. Osseo Tanker 11 covered Brooklyn Park.

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Updated: Busy Friday the 13th in St. Paul

May 14, 2011 1 comment
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May 13 – St. Paul fire crews were kept busy today with three fires on Friday the 13th.

A sprinkler doused a kitchen fire in a downtown apartment building on Friday morning.

Firefighters were dispatched for a fire alarm activation at 20 E. Exchange St. around 8 a.m.

As they entered the fire floor, they found smoke and crews hooked up to a standpipe. Upon entry to the apartment, they found that the fire involved combustibles that were close to the stove.

Once inside, they found that a sprinkler head snuffed the blaze, St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Firefighters made sure the fire was out and overhauled the area of origin. The fire primarily damaged the kitchen.

Around 11 a.m., St. Paul firefighters were dispatched to a report of a basement fire at 584 Edmund Ave.

Ladder 18 arrived to find heavy smoke from the two-story dwelling. As they searched for the source of the fire, they found smoke on all three levels.

Ladder 18 and Engine 5 deployed pre-connects as they continued their search for the fire. Crews found fire running along the A/B corner of the home from the bottom to the top of the structure.

Firefighters on both levels pulled ceilings and opened walls to extinguish the fire.

According to Zaccard, the fire was ignited by the careless disposal of smoking materials.

  • Assignment: Engine 5, 8, 23, Ladder 18, Squad 1, Medic 8 and Chief 2. RIT Assignment: Engine 17, Ladder 8, Chief 1

Less than two hours later, firefighters were called to a garage fire on the East side.

Engine 9 arrived to find heavy smoke and flames from the detached one-car garage. Engine 24 laid a water supply line to Engine 9 and assisted in knocking down the fire.

They deployed a 2 1/2-inch and a 1 3/4-inch hoseline to darken the flames.

It took about 15 minutes to contain the fire.

Zaccard said that the cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Assignment: Engines 9, 24 and 7, Ladder 24, Squad 1, Chief 3

No injuries were reported in any of the three fires.

Electrical Fire Damages Lino Lakes Business

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 5 – Fire damaged a small business garage in Lino Lakes on Tuesday morning.

Centennial firefighters were called to the 600 block of Main Street at 9:17 a.m. for a shed fire. Chief Jerry Streich arrived to find light smoking from the peak of the one-story, 20-by-40 garage.

Using a forward lay from a hydrant, Ladder 21 established a water supply and the crew stretched a hoseline to the structure.

Streich said crews pulled the ceiling to find embers from burning electrical wires. The fire was placed under control quickly, he added.

He said the owner smelled smoke earlier in the morning, but believed it was from a nearby fireplace. A worker discosvered the fire when he arrived at work just after 9 a.m.

The fire was accidental, due to improper installation of electrical conductors that overheated, Streich said.

Firefighters Hold Blaze to Brooklyn Park Garage

March 31, 2011 1 comment
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March 29 – An update on Monday’s garage fire in Brooklyn Park.

Fire crews were called to 7616 69th Ave. at 8:24 p.m.

When he arrived first, Brooklyn Park Deputy Chief Todd Seitz said fire was coming through the roof of the 30-by-60-foot garage.

“Fire was threatening a four-plex building within feet of the garage, Seitz said. He said crews worked to protect the exposures and knock down the heavy fire.

The first engine secured a water supply and placed it’s deck gun into operation. The next crew deployed a master stream to protect the exposure.

Once the fire was knocked down, crews entered the buildng and performed overhaul.

Seitz said crews faced several challenges, including electric lines and also propane tanks and other contents in the garage.

The fire gutted the garage and several nearby vehicles. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Captain 21 covered Brooklyn Park while crews were at the scene.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 32, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 13, Captain 33 and Chiefs 2 and 31. Mutual Aid: Brooklyn Center Engine 3, Salvage 1 and Chief 2, Maple Grove Tower 11, Osseo Tanker 11, Utility 11 and Chief 1, West Metro Aerial 11 and Chief 11.