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Fire Damages Two Vehicles in Cottage Grove

June 10, 2011 Leave a comment
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June 10 – Cottage Grove police officers used extinguishers and a garden hose to contain a vehicle fire Friday.

Cottage Grove fire units were called to the 6300 block of Homestead Avenue around 12 p.m. for a reported truck fire. The caller reported that two other cars were nearby and it was close to a home.

When police officers arrived they found the engine compartment of the pickup fully involved and it extended to a car parked between the house and truck. Officers used extinguishers and a garden hose to knock down the fire.

Engine 45 arrived they knocked down the fire and overhauled the two vehicles.

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Passersby Rescue Man from Vehicle in Minnetonka Pond

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May 5 – Two passersby pulled the man to safety after his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a pond in Minnetonka on Thursday.

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. on Highway 169 near Minnetonka Boulevard. The four-door car was about three-quarters submerged.

Traffic cameras showed two passersby assisting the 39-year-old driver from the vehicle.

Hennepin EMS Ambulance 425 and EMS Supervisor 410, along with Minnesota State Patrol and MNDOT HELP crews arrived shortly after.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said his crew packaged and transported the patient to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol said the driver appeared to have suffered a medical condition, which caused the crash.

Car Rolls Into Pond, Traps Driver in St. Paul

April 28, 2011 Leave a comment
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This story was updated on Friday morning.

April 28 – Emergency crews worked to free an occupant who was trapped after his car rolled into a retaining pond along Interstate 280 in St. Paul on Thursday evening.

St. Paul fire crews were called to Interstate 280 at Energy Park Drive for a call that rolled over into a pond at 9:20 p.m. As fire crews went enroute, they were advised that the driver was trapped.

Engine 23 arrived to find the vehicle on its roof in several feet of water along the exit ramp from Northbound 280 onto Energy Park Drive. Police officers from St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Patrol were on scene as well and, at this time, it is unknown who freed the driver.

Firefighters packaged the man and he was transported by Medic 14 to an area hospital in serious condition. Other crews checked the water, which was waist deep in some areas, for any other occupants. Officers searched the surrounding areas as well.

Using Squad 2’s winch, the vehicle was rolled on its wheels and firefighters checked the water and vehicle for additional occupants.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the 32-year-old driver exited 280 for Energy Park Drive “at highway speeds” and rolled into the pond when he over corrected.

Assignment: Engine 23, Ladder 20, Squad 2, Medic 14, Chief 1

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

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment
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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

Fire, EMS Crews Busy with Stabbings on Monday Evening

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 11 – Emergency crews were busy with three stabbing calls, all reported around the same time, on Monday evening.

St. Paul Medic 8 was dispatched to the Mobil Gas Station at Grand Avenue and Smith Avenue N. around 10:45 p.m.

They found a male with stab wounds and transported him to Regions hospital, according to fire department spokesman Steve Zacccard.

Around 11:15 Minneapolis Fire and Hennepin EMS crews were dispatched to two stabbing incidents in South Minneapolis.

The first incident occurred at a Super America gas station at 34th Avenue S. & 51st Street E. Fire and EMS crews treated a man who was slashed in the face. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Fire and EMS crews were also called to 5100 block of 44th Avenue South. They found a person stabbed in the chest and Hennepin EMS transported to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Eagan Crews Called to Tactor-Trailer Rollover

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 4- Traffic near the 494/35E interchange was halted after a tractor-trailer hauling plywood rolled over on Monday evening.

Eagan Fire Stations 1 and 2 were alerted to the accident around 8 p.m.

Units arrived to find that the tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 35E. The truck had exited from Interstate 494.

Fire Chief Mike Scott said crews contained a motor oil leak and assisted Minnesota State Patrol with lighting the scene while crews cleaned up the spill.

No injuries were reported, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

Minnesota State Patrol Car Struck on Interstate 94

April 3, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 2 – Minneapolis firefighters extricated a man after his vehicle rear-ended a Minnesota State Patrol car that was at a traffic stop along Interstate 94 in Minneapolis on Saturday evening.

Around 8 p.m. Engine 20 and Ladder 10 were called to Interstate 94 near 49th Avenue for a vehicle accident requiring extrication. As they left the station, they received updates that a Minnesota State Patrol officer was involved in the crash.

The State Patrol officer was on a traffic stop on Eastbound 94 just south of 49th Avenue when a SUV rear-ended the vehicle. The State Patrol vehicle was pushed forward into the vehicle it had stopped. The striking vehicle went up on the shoulder where the driver was trapped.

The crews from Engine 20 and Ladder 10 extricated the SUV driver, by removing the driver’s door, in about 10 minutes.

The officer and driver of the SUV were both transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.