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Residents Rescued by Ladder in Eagan Apartment Fire

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June 6 – Firefighters rescued several residents from their decks as fire damaged a large apartment building in Eagan on Monday evening.

Units were called to the LeMay Lake Apartments at 3025 Eagandale Ave. at 6:16 p.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire showing from the main entrance to the three-story, 106 unit building. The fire was extending into the third floor commons.

According to scanner traffic, firefighters used a deck gun to knock down the heavy fire conditions.

Firefighters rescued several residents, whose escape route was blocked by flames, by ladder from their balconies.

“Crews did a good job with a quick attack preventing the fire from reaching the attic area,” said Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott.

Two firefighters were treated at the scene of heat exhaustion by HealthEast crews.

“With the extreme warm temperatures, I called for additional assistance,” said Scott. Mutual aid was received from Apple Valley, Mendota Heights and Rosemount.

Firefighters were on the scene after midnight, checking for hot spots.

The occupants were not allowed to return to the building because of the smoke damage.

Scott said the fire started near the main entrance, but the exact cause has not been pinpointed.

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Inver Grove Heights Fire Injures Resident

May 10 – Firefighters from the south metro battled a late-night house fire in Inver Grove Heights that left one resident with injuries on Tuesday.

Inver Grove Heights (IGH) firefighters were called to a house fire in the 10300 block of Barnes Way at 11:42 p.m. Eagan (EFD) was also dispatched on an auto-aid.

IGH Chief 1 and Eagan Chief 5 arrived to find flames leaping high from the roof of the garage attached to a one-story rambler home. “The flames must have been over 20 feet high when we got there,” Inver Grove Heights Chief  Judy Thill told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

The only occupant of the home had evacuated and was being tended to by a HealthEast Ambulance crew.

Arriving together, IGH Engine 11 set up for fire attack and Eagan Engine/Tanker 5 set up for water supply.

Using handlines, Engine 11’s crews began a defensive attack on the garage. Once the heavy volume of fire was knocked down, Thill said crews moved inside the home to cut off the fire extension.

The home is located in an area with no hydrants.

Firefighters set up two drop tanks and EFD Engine 5 started to siphon water from the tanks. IGH Tankers 14 and 36 arrived and dumped their tanks before proceeding to the fill site at city hall, almost three miles away.

Mutual aid was called from Mendota Heights and Rosemount for additional tankers.

Inside the home, crews pulled ceilings to access the fire. “The crews did a great job of getting to the fire inside the attic and stopped it about half-way through the home.”

Thill said the home was suffered heavy smoke and water damage and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The last crews left the scene just after 2:30 a.m.

A crew from South Metro Fire was called first respond on a medical call during the fire.

Click here for aftermath photos from Inver Grove Heights Patch.

Eagan Gas Station Closed After Fire

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 16 – A Eagan Holiday gas station will be closed today after an early-morning fire broke out in a storage room.

At 2:21 a.m. firefighters were dispatched for a report of smoke showing from the Holiday Gas Station at 3615 Pilot Knob Rd. As fire units were enroute, police arrived confirmed that smoke was issuing from the building.

The first fire unit on scene, Chief 4, reported heavy smoke from the one-story building. A second alarm was called, bringing resources from Eagan stations 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Engine 3 and Ladder 2 crews forced entry into the structure and located a working fire in the storage area in the rear of the building

Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said that crews contained the fire to the storage room, but the building suffered significant smoke and water damage. The business would not be able to reopen on Saturday, he said.

The business was closed when the fire broke out the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Eagan Fire Marshal.

Assignment: Engines 1, 3 and 4 Ladders 1 and 2, Rescue 6, Support 2, Chiefs 1, 3, 4 and 5 and HealthEast Ambulance

Two-Alarm Fire Leaves 1 Injured in South St. Paul

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment
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A resident was injured by a two-alarm fire in South St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon.

South Metro Fire was dispatched for a reported house fire in the 400 block of 12th Avenue North at 2:43 p.m.

As fire units were responding, they received a report from police that fire was coming from one window of the home. Chief 1 called a second alarm to bring off-duty personnel back.

Engine 2 arrived at 2:47 to find fire and smoke showing from the A/B-corner of the 1 1/2-story home.

Two 1 3/4-inch hoselines were brought to the rear entrance and Engine 2 and Ladder 2 made a positive pressure attack, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Erickson.

Engine 1 arrived and established a water supply for Engine 2 from a nearby hydrant. The crew then stretched a backup 1 3/4-inch line to the rear.

The lone resident of the home escaped the fire and suffered minor injuries. HealthEast Ambulance treated and transported him to United Hospital.

Ambulance 1’s crew assumed rapid intervention duties.

The fire was under control by 3:02 and Erickson said it was confined to two rooms with slight extension into the attic.

Engine 22 and Ladder 1 responded on the second alarm and Engine 12 was staffed to cover the stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • First Alarm Assignment: Engines 2 and 1, Ladder 2, Ambulance 1, Chiefs 1, 2 and 3, Inspector 1. Second Alarm: Engine 12, Ladder 1

Tractor Trailer Crash Traps Driver in Inver Grove Heights

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

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Inver Grove Heights Motor Vehicle Accident

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Inver Grove Heights crews freed a person who was trapped after a head-on collision involving a tractor trailer Monday afternoon.

Firefighters and medics from HealthEast were dispatched to a head-on collision on Robert Trail (Highway 3) at 80th Street at 1:30 p.m. As units went enroute, they were advised that a tractor trailer collided with a vehicle.

Chief 1 found the accident about a mile south of the intersection at a sharp curve. A steady snowfall since morning left the roads filled with slush and slippery.

The force of the collision spun the four-dour SUV around and pinned the female driver.

Firefighters from Inver Grove Heights Rescue 10 and Engine 11 worked for 10 minutes with the cutters and spreaders to free her, according to Fire Chief Judy Thill.

She was packaged and transported by HealthEast to Regions Hospital with leg and arm injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

  • Assignment: Inver Grove Heights Rescue 10, Engine 11, Chiefs 1 and 2 and HealthEast ambulance
  • Dozens Hospitalized after Randolph Hazmat Leak

    December 8, 2010 Leave a comment

    Update: The evacuation order was lifted at 1 p.m., per Randolph-Hampton Chief 1.

    Dozens of people have been transported from area businesses and homes following an anhydrous ammonia leak in Randolph this morning.

    The leak occured just before 8:30 a.m. at the River Country Co-op facility on 291st Street.

    Hampton-Randolph Fire Chief Jim Heiman told KSTP that “a cloud developed following the leak.”

    According to their website, The River Country Cooperative carries products for farming and planting, including liquid and dry fertilizers, anhydrous ammonia and crop protection products.

    Those who were feeling ill were transported by ambulances and buses to area hospitals for examination.

    Crews evacuated the Randolph Elementary School and other nearby homes to the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Randolph Boulevard and one of the Randolph-Hampton fire stations.

    Units from around the South Metro responded with resources for hazmat response. Ambulances from Allina, North Memorial, Health East and the Hastings Fire Department were also brought in.

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