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The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – June 25

June 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Eagan’s New Safety Center/Fire Station In The News

The new fire safety center/Station 2 received a ton of news coverage this week when it had a grand opening and dedication. The $8.1 million building combined two fire stations into one, has several training features and is features green construction. Find more coverage here: Eagan Patch, Pioneer Press, This Week Newspapers

Final Interview With Richfield Chief Sveum

Richfield Fire Chief Brad Sveum talks with Richfield Patch’s Caitlin Burgess about 38 years in the fire service. Sveum, who retires this month, reflects on 29 year in Richfield and shares his most memorable moments. Read the interview here.

Brooklyn Center Receives Grant for Thermal Imager

The Brooklyn Center Fire Department has a new thermal imaging camera after receiving a $9,800 grant from the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. According to the Minnesota Sun Newspapers, the department’s current cameras are 15 and 17 years old. You can read the full story here.

Photographer Documents Live Burn in Lakeville

Lakeville Patch’s Paige Andrews photographed the fire department as they participated in a recent live fire training exercise at the ABLE joint training center in Burnsville. Check out the photos here.

There’s a New Fire Marshal in Town: Mendota Heights

Veteran firefighter Jim Lee was recently appointed fire marshal in Mendota Heights. According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Lee was a firefighter in West St. Paul and is now responsible for enforcing fire codes and conducting building inspections. Read the story here.

Fridley Police Beat Fire in Softball Matchup

The Fridley Police Department defeated the fire department with a 12-5 win in Friday night’s ’49er Days softball game. Fridley Patch reports that this was the first time the teams played each other in more than 20 years. Read the story and see the photos here.

Golden Valley Recruitment Drive

More than 20 people attended the first of three recruitment drives for the Golden Valley Fire Department. Check out Golden Valley Patch’s story and photos here.

St. Louis Park Fire Station Demolished

Construction crews demolished 40-year-old St. Louis Park Fire Station 1 recently. A video from St. Louis Park Patch shows the work underway and the website reports that it’s the first step in the construction of a new $15.5 million fire station.

Boy Scouts Learn About Fire from Stillwater Firefighters

Stillwater Patch covered an event where boy scouts were given a. Click here to see the photos.

See something that we’ve missed? Send an e-mail to TwinCitiesFireWire@yahoo.com and we’ll look into it.

Lakeville Home Damaged by Two-alarm Fire

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

Josh Gubb Photo

June 16 – A two-alarm fire damaged a Lakeville home on  Thursday.

At 2:49 p.m., Lakeville firefighters were called to 17398 Jaguar Ave. and Chief 3 arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a garage attached to a two-story home. A second alarm was called, bringing mutual aid from Apple Valley.

Firefighters from Lakeville Engine 3 entered the home and attacked the flames from the service door.  Engine 2’s crews stretched a back up hoseline and conducted primary search duties, according to Fire Chief Michael Meyer.

The crew of Ladder 4 was assigned to open up the ceiling in the master bedroom and stop the fire from spreading to the attic of the home.  Secondary searches were performed by Rescue 1 and Ladder 1’s crew used the aerial ladder to ventilate the home by opening the skylight above the master bedroom.

Firefighters cleared the scene by 5:30 and investigators remained on scene to determine the cause of the fire. It caused extensive damage to the garage and the second floor bedroom and smoke damage throughout the home.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 3, 44, Ladders 1 and 4, Rescues 1 and 3, Chiefs 1 and 3, Fire Marshal. Second Alarm: Apple Valley Ladder 1. EMS: Allina ambulance and supervisor.

Lakeville Fire Possibly Sparked by Lightning

May 9 – A lightning strike is believed to have caused a Lakeville house fire on Monday morning.

A neighbor reported seeing fire from the roofline of the Glencoe Avenue home. They alerted the residents who evacuated.

Chief 3 and Engine 2 arrived to find smoke showing. Engine 2’s crew stretched a 1 3/4-inch hoselines to the attic and extinguished the fire.

Ladder 4’s crews performed overhaul and checked for extension.

Lakeville Fire Chief Michael Meyer said that the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Lakeville fire marshal.

  • Assignment: Lakeville Engines 2 and 3, Ladders 1 and 4, Rescue 3 and Chiefs 1, 3 and 5.

Fire Damages Lakeville Home

April 19, 2011 Leave a comment

April 19 – For the second time in about 24 hours, Lakeville firefighters responded to an early morning house fire on Tuesday.

At 6:41 a.m. crews were called to 11311 178th St. for a house fire. Chief 1 arrived to find light smoke throughout the one-story dwelling with a walkout basement.

Engine 44’s crews attempted to enter the structure with a 1 3/4-inch hoseline, but crews found that the fire burned through the livingroom floor, according to Chief Michael Meyer.

The crew then deployed the attack line through the basement via the walkout entrance where they the extinguished fire. A second 1 3/4-inch hoseline was stretched during the interior attack.

Ladder 1’s crew provided ventilation at the front door.

Meyer said a second alarm was called to bring additional manpower to the scene and to cover the rest of the city.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Lakeville Fire Marshal and Police Department and no injuries were reported.

Lakeville firefighter’s battled an intense house fire around 5 a.m. on Monday morning. Read the story here.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 3, 44, Ladder 1 and Chiefs 1 and 5

Family Escapes Early-Morning Lakeville Blaze

April 18, 2011 2 comments

Note: The video now works and is no longer private.

April 18 – Smoke alarms alerted residents to an early-morning house fire in Lakeville on Monday.

Around 5 a.m. Lakeville fire crews were called to 21245 Inspiration Path. Lakeville Chief 1, Michael Meyer, arrived to find a fully involved three car garage attached to a two-story dwelling. All residents had evacuated the structure.

Engine 1 arrived and crews deployed two handlines into the home to battle the flames from inside the structure, Chief Meyer told Twin Cities Fire Wire. A third handline was placed into operation in the attic of the home.

A 2 1/2-inch hoseline with a Blitzfire was deployed to the B-side of the home to protect the exposure as heavy fire engulfed the structure.

As the flames quickly spread through the attic space of the structure, firefighters were pulled from the structure. Ladder 1’s aerial master stream was placed into operation to knock down the fire.

The four residents and the family dog escaped the fire, after being alerted by a smoke alarm, Meyer said.

The fire started in the garage, according to Meyer, but crews are investigating the exact cause.

  • Assignment: Engines 1, 2, 22, 3 and 44, Ladders 1 and 4, Rescue 1 and Chiefs 1 and 5

Morning Fire Damages Lakeville Garage, Home

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment
Lakeville, MN, Garage Fire

Lakeville Fire Department Photo

Lakeville Fire Department Photo

Lakeville Fire Department Photo

A late-morning fire caused extensive to a Lakeville home on Tuesday morning.

Crews were called to 17445 Homestead Tr. for a possible garage fire at 10:50 a.m. While fire units were enroute, police confirmed a fire.

Lakeville Fire Chief 1, Mike Meyer, said that he arrived to find “heavy black smoke and fire showing from the attached garage.” The occupants had evacuated.

The first crews started an offensive attack using 1 3/4-inch hoselines from inside the home, through the service door into the garage. A 2 1/2-inch line was deployed to darken the heavy fire in the main garage area.

Meyer said “crews moved to the attic area where fire had traveled to” from the garage.

Three engines, two ladders and two rescues responded from four Lakeville stations and with a mutual aid engine and chief from Apple Valley.

Two bedrooms suffered heavy damage and no injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.

“Thank you to some homeowners who assisted in digging out one of the fire hydrants used during the fire,” Meyer said.