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Blast Blows Brooklyn Park Duplex Apart

June 1 – An explosion caused extensive damage to a Brooklyn Park duplex on Wednesday.

Around 1:45 p.m. fire crews from Brooklyn Park, with auto aid from Osseo, were called to 7505 Kentucky Ave. for a reported explosion.

Fire units arrived to find that the walls two sides of the home were blown out. Photos from KSTP-TV show the extent of the damage.

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

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Update: Officials Investigate Maple Grove Home Explosion

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

April 16 – We have an update on the explosion and fire that destroyed a home in Maple Grove earlier today.

Units were dispatched to 94th Avenue and Saratgoa Lane around 7:15 a.m. Maple Grove stations 2 and 3, along with an engine from Osseo was alerted.

Chief 1 and Captain 31 arrived to find the wall on side-C blown out of the one-story home. Chief 1, Scott Anderson, said that the roof was sagging and flames were visible in the interior and through the roof of the structure.

Maple Grove Engine 31 laid a supply line and crews deployed a pre-connected Blitzfire to protect the neighboring homes. Crews also put 1 3/4-inch hoselines with Class A foam into operations.

Osseo Tanker 11 secured a second water supply at a nearby hydrant and additional hoselines were deployed to the C-side of the home.

Anderson said trees surrounding the property hampered the initial set up of Maple Grove Ladder 21, but once it was positioned, Osseo Tanker 11 supplied the ladder pipe operation.

The fire was knocked down and the adjoining home suffered very little damage. The initial home was destroyed by the blast and fire.

He believes it to be the result of a gas leak, but crews from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office, Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety and the Hennepin County Investigation team are on scene to investigate.

Maple Grove Home Destroyed in Blast

April 16, 2011 1 comment

April 16 – An early morning explosion rocked a Maple Grove neighborhood and destroyed a home.

Around 7:15 a.m. Maple Grove fire crews were called to the 9400 block of Saratoga Lane for an explosion and fire. They arrived to find flames and smoke from the one-story dwelling, which suffered extensive damaged.

Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson told KSTP-TV that incident was caused by a gas leak in the vacant home.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will have more information when it is made available.

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