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Updated: Fire Breaks out at Anoka Recycling Plant

May 3 – We’ve got an update on yesterday’s recycling plant fire in Anoka.

Anoka-Champlin (ACFD) Fire Chief 2 arrived to find heavy black smoke and fire in a two-story high shredding machine at Alter Recycling at 2905 N. Ferry St. The machine was used to shred vehicles. KSTP-TV’s helicopter footage shows the severity of the smoke and flames when firefighters arrived.

The Anoka County automatic aid policy brought Andover and Ramsey units when ACFD was dispatched.

ACFD Engine 3 arrived and stretched two handlines. Using the on-board foam system firefighters flowed a foam and water mixture onto the raging fire,  Anoka-Champlin Fire Chief Charlie Thompson told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Chief 1 assumed command and worked with ACFD Chief 2, Andover Chief 1, Maple Grove Chief 4 and Ramsey Chief 1. Command requested mutual aid from Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove fire departments.

Engine 11 arrived and assisted Engine 3 with dousing the fire.

Aerial 21 worked with Andover and Ramsey crews to suppress the fire, which was brought under control in less than 30 minutes.

According to Thompson, the fire began on the conveyer belt of the machine after it came in contact with a hot piece of metal.

Maple Grove firefighters covered ACFD Station 1 and Brooklyn Center crews covered ACFD station 2.

Maple Grove Townhouse Damaged by Kitchen Fire

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment

April 22 – Maple Grove and Anoka-Champlin fire crews were called to a kitchen fire in a townhouse on Thursday afternoon.

Police officers were the first to arrive to the 3:45 p.m. call and reported a working kitchen fire at 10467 Yorktown Ln.

Maple Grove Chief 5 and Captain 31 arrived with Engines 12 and 31 and units began the fire attack.

The crew of Engine 31 stretched a 1 3/4-inch line through the front door of the structure. A backup hoseline was brought to the front door and other crews began ventilation. A nearby water supply was established, but it was not needed.

Fire Chief Scott Anderson said the fire was knocked down in five minutes and overhaul operations began.

The fire was contained to the kitchen and dining room, but the home suffered heat and smoke damaged. The three attached homes were not damaged.

The ignition of cooking oil on the stove is blamed for the blaze, Anderson said.

  • Assignment: Maple Grove Engines 12, 31, Ladder 21, Utility 22 and Chiefs 1, 2, 3 and 5. Auto Aid: Anoka-Champlin Engine and Ladder. North Memorial Ambulance.

Update: Officials Investigate Maple Grove Home Explosion

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment

April 16 – We have an update on the explosion and fire that destroyed a home in Maple Grove earlier today.

Units were dispatched to 94th Avenue and Saratgoa Lane around 7:15 a.m. Maple Grove stations 2 and 3, along with an engine from Osseo was alerted.

Chief 1 and Captain 31 arrived to find the wall on side-C blown out of the one-story home. Chief 1, Scott Anderson, said that the roof was sagging and flames were visible in the interior and through the roof of the structure.

Maple Grove Engine 31 laid a supply line and crews deployed a pre-connected Blitzfire to protect the neighboring homes. Crews also put 1 3/4-inch hoselines with Class A foam into operations.

Osseo Tanker 11 secured a second water supply at a nearby hydrant and additional hoselines were deployed to the C-side of the home.

Anderson said trees surrounding the property hampered the initial set up of Maple Grove Ladder 21, but once it was positioned, Osseo Tanker 11 supplied the ladder pipe operation.

The fire was knocked down and the adjoining home suffered very little damage. The initial home was destroyed by the blast and fire.

He believes it to be the result of a gas leak, but crews from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office, Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety and the Hennepin County Investigation team are on scene to investigate.

Maple Grove Home Destroyed in Blast

April 16, 2011 1 comment

April 16 – An early morning explosion rocked a Maple Grove neighborhood and destroyed a home.

Around 7:15 a.m. Maple Grove fire crews were called to the 9400 block of Saratoga Lane for an explosion and fire. They arrived to find flames and smoke from the one-story dwelling, which suffered extensive damaged.

Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson told KSTP-TV that incident was caused by a gas leak in the vacant home.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will have more information when it is made available.

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Brooklyn Park House Fire Called ‘Suspicious’

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 11 – Officials say that¬† Monday’s fire that heavily damaged a Brooklyn Park home is suspicious.

Brooklyn Park and West Metro crews were dispatched to 6633 Kentucky Ave. at 9:03 p.m.

The first unit arrived to find the one-story, 1,500-square-foot dwelling well involved in fire. The home was close to the end of a dirt road which was a dead-end.

The first engine arrived and deployed a master stream to the blazing structure and also pulled a line to protect the exposure on the D-side.

Crews encountered water supply issues when they first arrived, because the closest hydrant was over 1,000 feet away, according to Deputy Fire Chief Todd Seitz.

Firefighters focused on protecting the exposures and controlling the heavy volume of fire coming from the structure.

The fire was brought under control in about 30 minutes.

The Hennepin County Fire Investigation Team was called to assist with the investigation. Seitz said the fire is suspicious and that officials are looking for a vehicle that left the area prior to the fire being discovered.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Osseo Tanker 11 with Chief 1 covered the city.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 21, 31, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 31 Chiefs 1, 2, 3, 21 and 31. Mutual aid: West Metro Chief 11 and Aerial 11, Brooklyn Center Engine 3 and Salvage and Maple Grove Aerial 11.

Video: Brooklyn Park Garage Fire

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

We found a video of the March 29 fire that destroyed a garage in Brooklyn Park.

Several West metro fire crews were called to the fire at 7616 69th Ave. at 8:24 p.m.

Firefighters Hold Blaze to Brooklyn Park Garage

March 31, 2011 1 comment
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March 29 – An update on Monday’s garage fire in Brooklyn Park.

Fire crews were called to 7616 69th Ave. at 8:24 p.m.

When he arrived first, Brooklyn Park Deputy Chief Todd Seitz said fire was coming through the roof of the 30-by-60-foot garage.

“Fire was threatening a four-plex building within feet of the garage, Seitz said. He said crews worked to protect the exposures and knock down the heavy fire.

The first engine secured a water supply and placed it’s deck gun into operation. The next crew deployed a master stream to protect the exposure.

Once the fire was knocked down, crews entered the buildng and performed overhaul.

Seitz said crews faced several challenges, including electric lines and also propane tanks and other contents in the garage.

The fire gutted the garage and several nearby vehicles. The fire caused about $50,000 in damage.

Plymouth Engine 21 and Captain 21 covered Brooklyn Park while crews were at the scene.

  • Assignment: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 32, 41, Aerial 21, Rescue 13, Captain 33 and Chiefs 2 and 31. Mutual Aid: Brooklyn Center Engine 3, Salvage 1 and Chief 2, Maple Grove Tower 11, Osseo Tanker 11, Utility 11 and Chief 1, West Metro Aerial 11 and Chief 11.