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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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Minnetonka Condo Damaged by Fire

April 13, 2011 Leave a comment

This story was updated on Thursday morning.

April 13 – Firefighters from the West Metro were called to a condominium apartment fire late Wednesday morning.

Units were dispatched to the three-story condo complex at 3020 St. Albans Mills Rd. in Minnetonka at 10:54 a.m.

Minnetonka Engine 8 and Chief 3 arrived at 10:58 and Chief 3 assumed command.

Fire Chief Joe Wallin said that firefighter found an active fire in the void space between the second and third floors.”Crews opened up the ceilings and caught the fire as it was spreading,” he told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

According to scanner traffic, they were stretched a highrise bundle from the standpipe to the fire.

A second alarm was called because of the number of elderly residents still occupying the structure, Wallin sai

After the fire was knocked down, they performed extensive overhaul.

Mutual aid from Golden Valley, Hopkins and Plymouth responded to the scene.

The unit where the fire broke out was uninhabitable.

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Fire Levels Home Under Construction in Minnetonka

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

March 11 – A three-alarm fire destroyed a Minnetonka home that was under construction on Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. in the 16900 block of Grays Bay Boulevard. Two construction workers were in the home when an explosion triggered the fire, Minnetonka Patch reported.

A video on Minnetonka Patch’s website shows a large volume of fire coming from the home before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters used master streams and handlines to keep the intense fire from spreading to other homes.

Mutual aid was received from Chanhassen, Hopkins, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.

Heavy equipment was brought in to tear the remains of the structure down after the fire was placed under control.

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Plymouth Fire Consumes 2 Dozen Apartments

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Dozens of residents were displaced after a fire-alarm fire ripped through a Plymouth apartment complex on Monday evening. Two residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Reported about 4:50 p.m., the fire consumed 24 apartments of the Plymouth Oaks Apartments at 3301 Highway 169. About 50 firefighters from 10 departments responded to bring the fire under control.

Plymouth Deputy Fire Chief Kip Springer told local media that it appears that the fire started on the third floor of the three-story building and that all residents escaped safely.

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Crews rescued several pets from the building.

The fire quickly spread through the top floor of the building and consumed the attic.

At least one aerial ladder was flowing a master stream and several hoselines surrounding the building poured water on to the flames.

“As late as 9 p.m., firefighters on extended ladders continued to pour water into hot spots on the blackened skeletal roof line in the middle section of the southwest wing of the L-shaped building, where the fire was concentrated,” the Star Tribune reported.

Deputy Chief Kip told the Star Tribune that investigators will be on the scene of an extended period of time. The paper also reports that complex staff has assisted the residents find shelter this evening.

Mutual aid was received from Brooklyn Park, Excelsior, Hamel, Minnetonka, Rogers, Wayzata and West Metro, according to local media.

KSTP-TV reports that a fire in July 2007 caused $4 million in damage to one building in the complex. Another fire, in February 2008, left 30 units damaged.

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Breaking: Hazmat Leak at St. Louis Park Mall

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Crews are at the scene of a hazardous materials incident at the Knollwood Mall in St. Louis Park.

Crews were called about 3 p.m. for a reported chlorine leak at the swimming school inside the mall, at 8332 Highway 7.

Fire crews from Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka and Richfield were called to assist St. Louis Park.

Ambulances from Hennepin County Medical Center were also requested to the scene.

TwinCitiesFireWire.com will update the story when additional details are available.

Crews Make Quick Work of Plymouth Duplex Fire

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Firefighters kept a small fire from spreading throughout a duplex early Wednesday evening.

An all-call for Plymouth, with automatic aid from Minnetonka, was dispatched to 14540 40th Pl. North at at 5:04 p.m.

Plymouth Fire Chief Rick Kline arrived to find nothing showing from a two-story duplex.

Chief Kline told Twin Cities Fire Wire that, upon investigation, crews found “a working fire was found on the B side of the dwelling, between the basement and first floor levels.”

Plymouth Engine 21 arrived and stretched an 1 3/4-inch hoseline to the first floor. The crew opened up the interior walls and kept the fire in check.

On arrival, Minnetonka Chief 2 was assigned interior and worked with Plymouth Engine 21, Ladder 31 and Minnetonka Engine 8.

Plymouth Chief 2 and the crew of Plymouth Ladder 21 opened the exterior walls on the B-side to expose the fire area.

Chief Kline said the fire was contained to the interior/exterior B-side wall between the basement and first floor.

Minnetonka Fire on Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Firefighters were called to a 3:30 p.m. house fire on Thanksgiving Day in Minnetonka.

The fire, on Lakeshore Boulevard, was held to the outside of the house, according to KSTP.

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