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St. Louis Park Fire Reaches 5 Alarms, Firefighter Injured

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The story as updated Wednesday morning

June 7 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to condominium complex fire in St. Louis Park on Tuesday, just as temperatures broke historic records.

The fire was reported at 4625 Minnetonka Blvd. around 3:30 p.m. and it brought auto aid from Edina and Richfield.

Firefighters found flames showing from the second floor of the three-story Nachez Place condominium complex. The fire extended from the second floor to the top floor before crews contained the fire.

St. Louis Park Spokesman Jamie Zwilling said that two units received extensive damage. One-third of the building had smoke damage.

The fire was under control in 30 minutes.

The fire quickly escalated to five alarms, bring about 15 departments and more than 75 firefighters.

“It reached five alarms because of the excess heat,” said Zwilling. About the time of the fire, the mercury hit reached 102 degrees.

A Golden Valley firefighter was transported to the hospital suffering from heat-related injuries, according to Zwilling.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said they dispatched three ambulances and three supervisors to assist evaluate residents and monitor firefighters.

The following departments responded: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, MAC Fire, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbindale and Wayzata.

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Crews Find Hole in Floor While Battling Richfield House Fire

April 30 – Richfield firefighters found a large hole in the floor as they searched for the seat of the fire at a house fire late on Saturday night.

At 11:44 p.m. crews were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call reporting smoke from a building in the 6500 block of Portland Ave. S. Firefighters from Richfield, with automatic aid from Bloomington, the Metropolitan Airports Commission and Minneapolis were placed on the assignment.

Richfield Quint 1 and Rescue 1 arrived to heavy smoke from the second floor and chimney of the 1 1/2-story home. The home was unoccupied at the time.

Quint 1 assumed command and assigned Rescue 1’s crew to an interior attack from the A-side of the home. Richfield Engine 2 laid a supply line to Quint 1 and pulled a backup hoseline.

Rescue 1’s crew made entry. “Approximately five feet into the structure, they found a six-foot by six-foot hole in the living room floor,” according to Assistant Chief Wayne Kewitsch. The found danger was relayed to all units on the scene.

“Had they gone in gangbusters, they would have fallen through the floor and we would be discussing injured firefighters, not just a house fire,” Kewitsch old Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Minneapolis Chief 2 was assigned to the interior Minneapolis Engine 12 was assigned to primary searches of the first and second floors. Minneapolis Ladder 5 was assigned to search the basement.

MAC Engine 32 Richfield Engine 2 took the backup hoseline to the basement of the home.

Bloomington Chief 4 was assigned as safety officer. Bloomington Chief 7 established the on-deck group. Bloomington Ladder 3 was assigned to perform the secondary searches of the entire structure.

Minneapolis Ladder 5 and Bloomington Engine 1 teamed up to check for extension. Kewitsch said the crews performed extensive overhaul of the basement ceiling.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

  • Assignment: Richfield Quint 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1 and Chiefs 1 and 2. Auto-aid: Bloomington Engine 1, Ladder 3 and Chiefs 4 and 7, MAC Engine 32, Minneapolis Engine 12, Ladder 5 and Chief 2, Hennepin EMS

Fire Officials Talk About Minneapolis Gas Explosion Response

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

We want to update you on the actions of area firefighters after today’s explosion and fire in South Minneapolis.

Both Minneapolis and Richfield were called for a reported house explosion and fire at 62nd Street and Nicollet around 8:36 a.m. This KMSP-TV video shows the explosion.

As firefighters were enroute, it was determined that the incident was in Minneapolis, so Richfield Quint 1, Rescue 1 and Chief 1 continued to the scene based on their auto agreement.

Arriving Minneapolis firefighter cordoned off the area. “We began evacuating bystanders and residents,” Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said. A second alarm was called.

The 20-inch natural gas line was sending flames in excess of 100 feet into the air.

The initial perimeter was Portland to Harriet Avenues (East to West) and 54th Street to the Crosstown (North to South.)

In Minneapolis, Richfield Chief 1 assisted with the evacuation of the Cub Food store across the street from the explosion while Quint 1 helped residents along Nicollet Avenue evacuate their homes, according to Richfield Assistant Chief Wayne Kewitsch.

As manhole covers continued to explode on the south side of the incident, Kewitsch said they expanded the evacuations.

Richfield Chief 2, in coordination with the Richfield police, started evacuating to 66th Street. That area contained a number of residential structures and commercial businesses. Crews from Bloomington, Edina and Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) were called to assist on the Richfield side of the incident.

Penn said that the highest gas readings were found to be 80 parts per million.

As the gas was shut off, Penn said that Minneapolis reduced the number of resources on scene. The flames dissipated by 10:30 a.m.

Several vehicles near the fire were damaged and the sign on Cub Food melted from the intense heat.

By 11:05 a.m., residents were being allowed back in their homes surrounding the blast site.

“After being on scene for a little over two hours, only one fire crew was left on scene to assist Centerpoint Energy.”

“Even though I’m in Maryland at the National Fire Academy, I have been in close contact with command staff in Minneapolis as the incident unfolded this morning,” Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson said in a press release. He was attending an emergency operations training session, with other city staff members.

  • Assignment for Richfield Operations: Richfield Engine 2, Chief 2; Bloomington Engines 1 and 3, Ladder 3 and Chief 1; Edina Engine 81 and Chief 3; MAC Engine 31 and Chiefs 2 and 3

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Update: Crews Held Fire to Richfield Garage, Protected Home

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment
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Firefighters scrambled to keep a fully involved garage from spreading to the attached home late Saturday night in Richfield.

The two-alarm fire, in the 7100 block of Park Ave. South, was reported at 9:21 p.m.

On arrival, Quint 1 reported the three car garage fully involved. Quint 1’s officer assumed command and began an initial attack from the A-side, Assistant Chief Wayne Kewitsch told Twin Cities Fire Wire. An initial attempt was made to locate a service door from the interior, but crews were unable to find it.

Engine 2’s crew secured a water supply and pulled a backup hoseline. Shortly after crews arrived, the roof the garage collapsed.

Minneapolis Engine 27 stretched a third hoseline into the dwelling and worked to locate the service door where they attacked the fire.

Crews performed a primary search of the structure.

A second alarm was called at 9:36 p.m.

Bloomington Engine 1’s crew pulled a hoseline from their rig to the C/D corner to protect the exposure on the D-side.

The fire was knocked down and crews began extensive overhaul operations.

Kewitsch said, “There was minor extension to the cockloft and some of the ceiling was pulled on the interior to find and extinguish the extension.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, he said.

  • First Alarm Assignment: Richfield Quint 1, Engine 2, Rescue 1 and Chiefs 1 and 2, Bloomington Engine 1, Ladder 4, Chief 3, Minneapolis Engine 27, Ladder 5, Chief 2, Metropolitan Airports Commission 31, Hennepin County Medical Center Medics. Second Alarm: Minneapolis Engine 12, Ladder 2, Deputy Chief, Edina Engine 83

Fire Damages Richfield Home

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Fire damaged the basement of Richfield home on Tuesday night.

Firefighters were called at 8:06 p.m. for a basement fire in the 7500 block of 17th Avenue South. The first alarm assignment included automatic aid from Bloomington, Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) and Minneapolis.

Richfield Engine 1 and Rescue 1 arrived to a one-story, wood-frame private dwelling and with nothing showing. When Engine 1’s officer opened the front door of the home, he found a heavy smoke condition.

Rescue 1’s crew laid an attack line from Engine 1 and Richfield Engine 2 established a water supply. Once the water supply was established, Engine 2’s crew began ventilation operations.

Bloomington Engine 1’s crew split with one team stretching a backup hoseline and the other performing a primary search of the first floor. Minneapolis Engine 27 performed the primary search of the basement and assisted the crews operating hoselines.

Richfield Chief 1 assisted command and Chief 2 assumed interior. Bloomington Chief 1 was assigned as accountability and deck officer and Minneapolis Chief 2 was designated the safety officer.

MAC Engine 31 and Bloomington Ladder 4 arrived and were assigned to the deck.

The fire was contained to the room of origin in the basement, according to Assistant Chief Wayne Kewitsch. He said the home suffered extensive smoke damage.

Bloomington Ladder 4 and Minneapolis Ladder 5 were assigned to overhaul the basement. MAC Engine 31 was assigned to the secondary search and to check for fire extension.

All units were in service by 10:30 and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • Assignment: Richfield Engines 1 and 2, Rescue 1 and Chief 1 and 2, Bloomington Engine 1, Ladder 4 and Chief 1, Minneapolis Engine 27, Ladder 5 and Chief 2 and MAC Engine 31