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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.

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Residents Rescued by Ladder in Eagan Apartment Fire

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LeMay Lake Apartments, Eagan Minnesota, Apartment Fire, Firefighter Rescue, Eagan Fire, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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LeMay Lake Apartments, Eagan Minnesota, Apartment Fire, Firefighter Rescue, Eagan Fire, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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LeMay Lake Apartments, Eagan Minnesota, Apartment Fire, Firefighter Rescue, Eagan Fire, Twin Cities Fire Wire

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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.

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.