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Video: Tankers Needed to Control Lake Elmo House Fire

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This story was updated and new photos and video were added Tuesday morning.

May 9 – Firefighters from two states battled a late night house fire in a Lake Elmo cul-de-sac on Monday.

Firefighters were called to 5757 Highlands Ct. N. around 10:30 p.m., according to Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and reported flames and smoke showing from the two-story home, which was set back several hundred feet from the road. The lone occupant had evacuated when the deputy arrived.

After a quick size-up, which showed flames engulfing the entire back of the home, he ordered a defensive attack.

The area was not equipped with hydrants, so water tankers were called into to help firefighters tackle the flames. Tankers came from: Bayport, Hudson, Lower St. Croix Valley, Mahtomedi, Maplewood North St. Paul and Oakdale.

Two drop tank sites were set up in the street in front of the home. The tankers were replenished up at Oakdale Station 1 on Helmo, where Oakdale firefighters had two fill sites.

Firefighters used to aerial master streams to tame the raging fire. Lake Elmo’s was set up in the driveway on the D-side and one from Oakdale in the driveway of the home.

Malmquist said that neighbors were concerned that the fire would spread to a nearby home and early efforts focused on saving that structure.

The fire was under control around 1 a.m.

About 75 firefighters were called to the scene and the Salvation Army was called in to provide them with relief supplies.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal was expected to begin it’s investigation early Tuesday morning.

Woodbury fire crews were called to cover Lake Elmo stations.

Video Shows First-due Operations at Maplewood House Fire

May 1 – We’ve found this video that shows the first-due operations of Maplewood Engine 3 at Sunday’s house fire on Sherren Avenue. Maplewood crews, with auto-aid from Little Canada and North St. Paul, were called to the scene just after 7 p.m.

It appears that this video starts moments after Maplewood Engine 3 arrived and shows crews deploying a 2 1/2-inch hoseline that was used to knockdown the heavy volume of fire on the exterior of the home. You also crew crews establishing water supply and deploying the 1 1/2-inch line that was stretched to the interior of the home.

Read the full story here.

Updated: Mutual Aid Called to Maplewood Blaze

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This story was updated on Monday morning with additional details, photos and a video.

May 1 – Fire crews from the North metro were called to a house fire in Maplewood on Sunday evening.

Fire crews were dispatched to 1475 Sherren Ave. — which runs parallel to Highway 36 — around 7:15 p.m. Automatic aid policies also brought one engine from Little Canada and one engine from North St. Paul.

Maplewood Engine 3 arrived to find heavy fire and black smoke from the C/D-corner of the one-story home. The crew quickly deployed a 2 1 /2-inch hoseline to knock down the fire on the exterior. Maplewood Fire Chief Steve Lukin said the dense black smoke came from the porch and exterior of the home.

“The fire broke through two windows in the kitchen,” Lukin told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

A 1 1/2-inch hoseline was deployed to the interior of the home and it was held to the kitchen. The interior of the home suffered smoke damage.

The fire was placed under control in about 20 minutes.

Lakeview EMS was on scene for standby, but no injuries were reported.

Lukin said the fire started near the porch on the C-side of the home, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

Stillwater, St. Charles Incidents Featured in National Magazines

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Two major incidents in Minnesota — a water rescue and a major commercial fire — were written up in national media publications this month.

Here in the metro, Lakeview EMS Paramedic Scott Tomek details the April 2008 water rescue response in the St. Croix River for the November issue of EMS World magazine.

Units from Stillwater fire and police departments, Lakeview EMS and the Washington County Dive Team coordinated efforts to locate and remove four occupants of vehicle that drove off land and into the river. Read how each agency played critical roles in removing the occupants from the vehicle submerged in 30 degree water.

“Preparing to do a final sweep of the vehicle, firefighter/diver Tim Bell … began to sweep the inside with his hand, he felt a leg. He pulled on it
and, to his surprise, the leg pulled back.”

Tomek shares the tactics deployed by EMS and fire crews and the lessons learned from the response.

In the November/December issue of the NFPA Journal, Stephen. G. Badger reports on the costliest fires in the U.S. for 2009. The April 2009 fire at the North Star Foods meat packing plant in St. Charles is listed in the top 10.

The fire, which destroyed the 30,000-square-foot facility, caused $50 million in damage.

According to the article, “Firefighters had trouble reaching the fire because of barriers and obstructions created by multiple ceilings and extensive piping between the ceilings.”

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