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Coon Rapids Firefighters Clean Up Major Fluid Leak

June 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Hanson Blvd over Hwy 10 / Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

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113th and Martin Street / Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

113th and Martin Street / Twin Cities Fire Wire Photo

June 28 – Fire crews responded to numerous locations in Coon Rapids to clean up a hydraulic fluid release from a garbage truck on Tuesday.

The truck left hydraulic fluid spills from Hanson Boulevard and Highway 242 to 113th Avenue NW and Martin Street.

Coon Rapids firefighters were initially called to a reported fluid spill at Hanson Boulevard and Northdale Boulevard around noon.

Rescue 2 arrived to find a large area of fluid on Hanson at the Highway 10 overpass.

Due to another spill at Hanson and Robinson Drive, Station 3 was requested to respond.

It was soon determined that the truck leaking fluid was stopped at 113th Avenue and Martin Street. Command requested that Station 1 be dispatched to that location.

A duty crew callback was initiated to staff the stations and fire crews returned to service just after 1:30 p.m.

Coon Rapids Police and the Anoka County Highway Department assisted with traffic control and cleanup.

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Centennial Fire Crews Respond to Acid Leak

Hazardous Materials team, Lino Lakes, Centennail Fire, Minnesota, Jerry Streich, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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Hazardous Materials team, Lino Lakes, Centennial Fire, Minnesota, Jerry Streich, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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May 16 – Fire crews and a private contractor mitigated a hazardous materials leak in Lino Lakes on Monday.

Centennial firefighters were called to a reported hydrochloric acid leak in a box truck at 300 Apollo Drive at 10:39 a.m.

Fire Chief Jerry Streich arrived to find chemical leaking from the 24-foot box truck. He said that one to two gallons had also leaked onto the concrete parking pad.

The truck was backed up to the shipping dock and the winds were blowing into the dock area.

After talking with the State Duty Officer and Department of Transportation, a DOT hazmat truck was dispatched to the incident.

The shipper called West Central Environmental Consultants to the scene and it was determined that a 10-gallon plastic pail of hydrochloric acid was leaking. The pail sat in the middle of a pallet.

The leak was neutralized and cleaned up by authorities.

Fire crews returned to service just after 3 p.m.

Update: Two Injured in Fridley Chemical Explosion

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May 10 – We have an update on today’s explosion at a Fridley business.

Fire crews were called to Spec Plating, at 160 83rd Ave. NE, for a reported chemical explosion with injuries at at 11:07 a.m.

Fridley Fire Chief John Berg told Twin Cities Fire Wire that the chemicals, Phosphoric Acid and Nitric Acid, “were violently released from a container after a reaction of unknown origin.”

More than 70 employees were evacuated from the building.

Fridley Aerial 2 entered the building with PH paper to determine the extent of the contamination.

Engine 3 and Rescue 3 set up a decontamination area. Using hydrant water, they decontaminated three workers who came in contact with the chemicals.

Two of those workers were transported to area hospitals by Allina EMS.

Berg said that emergency officials released the building back to the company at 12:30 p.m. and they company was responsible for cleaning up the spill.

Columbia Heights firefighters covered Fridley Station 1 until they were requested to a house fire in Blaine. New Brighton crews were then called to cover Fridley Station 1.

  • Assignment: Fridley Engine 3, Aerial 2, Rescue 1, 2 and 3

Breaking: Explosion at Fridley Building

May 10, 2011 1 comment
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May 10 – Fire and EMS crews are at the scene of an explosion in a Fridley industrial park late Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called to 160 83rd Ave. NE around 11:15 a.m. As police officers arrived, they reported a strong chemical odor from the one-story building.

Dozens of people were standing outside of the building when Twin Cities Fire Wire arrived.

It appeared that crews were performing decontamination in at least one area and several ambulances were on scene.

There didn’t appear to be any damage to the exterior of the building.

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

Spec Plating at 160 83 Ave. NE

‘Suspicious’ Package Causes Scare, Evacuation of St. Paul Fire Station

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment
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St. Paul Firefighters, Suspicious Package at Fire Station, Station 1, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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St. Paul Firefighters, Suspicious Package at Fire Station, Station 1, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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Update: Officials say the “package” was several candles wrapped in stretch pants and there was no serious danger.

April 21 – St. Paul fire Headquarters and Station 1 were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a city worker brought a suspicious package to the building.

Just after 1 p.m., a St. Paul Parks and Recreation worker parked his pickup truck in front of the fire station — at Randolph Avenue and West Seventh Street — and told fire officials that he found a suspicious looking package at nearby Crosby Farm Park, St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said.

A dozen fire administration employees, the deputy chief and the crews of Engine 10, Ladder 10 and Squad 3 evacuated the building. Crews blocked off both ends of Randolph.

Squad 1 and the Chemical Assessment Team were called to the scene.

The St. Paul Police bomb squad arrived and investigated the package inside of a plastic five gallon bucket.

An officer donned the bomb suit and moved the package to a containment vessel to be taken to a safe place to determine the contents of the package.

The scene was cleared just after 2 p.m. and workers returned to the building. Zaccard said that fire crews stayed in service during the incident.

  • Assignment: Engine/Medic 10, Ladder 10, Squad 1/Hazmat, Squad 3 and Deputy Chief, St. Paul Police Bomb Squad

Semi Accident Closes Interstate 94 in St. Paul

March 23, 2011 Leave a comment
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March 23 – As snow blanketed the metro, ┬áSt. Paul firefighters responded to a jack-knifed tractor trailer as on Interstate 94 this morning.

Crews were called to westbound Interstate 94 near Mounds Boulevard around 3 a.m. The rig was carrying over 40,000 pounds of eggs.

Firefighters plugged a leak of diesel from the rig’s saddle tank and secured the scene. The occupants of the truck suffered minor injuries.

  • Assignment: Engine 8, Ladders 8 and 18, Squad 2, Hazmat 2 and Chief 2

Breaking: Hazmat Leak at St. Louis Park Mall

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Crews are at the scene of a hazardous materials incident at the Knollwood Mall in St. Louis Park.

Crews were called about 3 p.m. for a reported chlorine leak at the swimming school inside the mall, at 8332 Highway 7.

Fire crews from Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Richfield were called to assist St. Louis Park.

Ambulances from Hennepin County Medical Center were also requested to the scene.

TwinCitiesFireWire.com will update the story when additional details are available.