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Oakdale Crews Tackle Unoccupied House Fire

June 25, 2011 Leave a comment
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June 24 – Oakdale firefighters battled a smoky dwelling fire on Friday evening.

Crews were called to the 6200 block of 43rd Street N. around 8 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from the home.

When fire units arrived they reported smoke showing from the front door and eaves of the two-story, split level home.

Firefighters stretched a 1 3/4-inch line from Engine 98 to knock down the fire and a water supply was secured from a hydrant in the front yard. A backup line was stretched to the front door of the home.

Chief Jeff Anderson said the fire was a room and contents fire, contained to a bedroom.

The fire was placed under control in about 15 minutes.

Crews cleared the scene about 10 p.m.

  • Assignment: Engine 98, Ladders 87 and 97

Updated: Woodbury Apartment Fire Leaves 5 Injured

June 20, 2011 Leave a comment

This story was updated on Tuesday morning.

June 19 – Five people were injured in a mid-morning fire in Woodbury on Sunday.

Woodbury Public Safety crews were called to a kitchen fire at 6841 Ashwood Rd., in the Woodland Pointe Apartments.

Public Safety Officer/Firefighter 667 arrived to find heavy smoke from the top floor of the three-story building. Officer 667 and Officer/Medic 639 began evacuating residents. While enroute, Chief 2201 called for mutual aid from Maplewood and Oakdale.

The building, of wood-frame construction, features 12 apartments, with four on each floor. The building consists of three addresses, 6841, 6825 and 6809 Ashwood, and measures 50 by 300 feet. The fire unit has a common wall with a unit in the 6825 building.

Engine 2246 arrived and set up positive pressure operations and stretched a 1 3/4-inch attack line with Class A Foam, according to Emergency Services Commander Mike Richardson. The crews made sure that all units were empty and then began fire attack on the third floor.

Chief 2201 assumed command on his arrival. Engine 2255 laid a supply line from the hydrants to 2246 as police officers evacuated the 6825 and 6809 buildings.

Richardson said the fire was contained to the unit of origin and the crews flowed less than 750 gallons of water/foam to knock down the fire. Crews opened the walls adjacent to the kitchen to check for extension.

Ladder 2265 was positioned on the A-side of the building with Engine 2265. Ladder 2276 and Engine 2245 were positioned on the C-side of the building.

The resident was cooking when a grease fire broke out. In an attempt to extinguish it, she threw salt on the fire. “When that didn’t work she went to water,” said Richardson.

He said there was a flashover in the kitchen and living room.

Richardson said that one firefighter was examined for heat and smoke injuries and was treated at the scene. Four residents were examined for smoke inhalation and three were transported by Oakdale crews to Woodwinds Hospital for further treatment.

  • Assignment: Woodbury Engines 2246, 2255, 2265, 2275, Ladders 2266 and L2276, Utilities 2258 and 2277 Ambulances 2249 and 2269. Mutual Aid: Oakdale Ladder 7285 and Medic 7295 and Maplewood Ladder 1, Medic 2 and Battalion 2.

Updated: Memorial Day Weekend Ends with Blaze in Oakdale

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This story was updated on Tuesday evening.

May 30 – A late night house fire, fueled by gusty winds, caused extensive damage to a Oakdale home on Monday.

Around 11 p.m., firefighters were called to 5489 Golfview Ave. for a reported fire on the deck that was spreading to the home. Additional calls reported the structure was involved.

Oakdale Chief 7201 (Chief Jeff Anderson) went on scene with heavy fire showing from the C-side of the dwelling. The lightweight wood-frame home was 2 1/2 stories in the front and 3 1/2 stories in the rear. The three residents had evacuated.

Command requested mutual aid engines from Maplewood and Woodbury almost immediately.

“When we arrived, the wind was pushing the fire into the eaves and through each of the windows and doors in the rear,” Oakdale Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Wold told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

He said fire was already involving the three levels of the home and it was decided to make a defensive attack.

“With a wind-driven fire involving a lightweight home, it moves pretty fast and you have to be careful about putting crews inside,” Wold said.

Arriving crews deployed several 2 1/2-inch hoselines around the structure to tackle the flames.

Firefighters also positioned 1 3/4-inch hoselines to protect the home on the B-side of the structure, which was less than 10 feet away.

The fire gained possession of the attic space and it was decided to use an elevated master stream to douse the flames as wind gusts in excess of 20 mph were steadily pushing the flames.

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes.

Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews entered to home to hit the hot spots.

Once inside, crews reported that the home was structurally sound. “surprisingly, it was mostly content that burned inside and the structural components were in pretty good shape.”

Crews had to perform extensive overhaul as the fire spread throughout much of the home. The intense flames caused the lightweight truss roof to collapse.

Wold said the fire was deemed accidental, but the exact cause of the fire could not be pinpointed.

Crews from Mahtomedi, Maplewood and North St. Paul were at the scene. Units from Lake Elmo and Woodbury covered Oakdale station.


Video: Tankers Needed to Control Lake Elmo House Fire

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This story was updated and new photos and video were added Tuesday morning.

May 9 – Firefighters from two states battled a late night house fire in a Lake Elmo cul-de-sac on Monday.

Firefighters were called to 5757 Highlands Ct. N. around 10:30 p.m., according to Lake Elmo Fire Chief Greg Malmquist.

A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and reported flames and smoke showing from the two-story home, which was set back several hundred feet from the road. The lone occupant had evacuated when the deputy arrived.

After a quick size-up, which showed flames engulfing the entire back of the home, he ordered a defensive attack.

The area was not equipped with hydrants, so water tankers were called into to help firefighters tackle the flames. Tankers came from: Bayport, Hudson, Lower St. Croix Valley, Mahtomedi, Maplewood North St. Paul and Oakdale.

Two drop tank sites were set up in the street in front of the home. The tankers were replenished up at Oakdale Station 1 on Helmo, where Oakdale firefighters had two fill sites.

Firefighters used to aerial master streams to tame the raging fire. Lake Elmo’s was set up in the driveway on the D-side and one from Oakdale in the driveway of the home.

Malmquist said that neighbors were concerned that the fire would spread to a nearby home and early efforts focused on saving that structure.

The fire was under control around 1 a.m.

About 75 firefighters were called to the scene and the Salvation Army was called in to provide them with relief supplies.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal was expected to begin it’s investigation early Tuesday morning.

Woodbury fire crews were called to cover Lake Elmo stations.

Video: Woodbury Fire on Super Bowl Sunday

March 3, 2011 Leave a comment

This video shows early operations of the Feb. 6 fire in the 1200 block of Hillcrest Drive.

The initial call for a report of smoke from the roof of a vacant home. The fire eventually consumed the two-story and units from Maplewood and Oakdale were called to the scene.

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Fire Consumes Woodbury Home on Super Bowl Sunday

February 6, 2011 1 comment
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Firefighters from the East Metro were called to a Woodbury house fire shortly after the Super Bowl ended on Sunday evening. 

Crews were called to the 1200 block of Hillcrest Drive about 9:30 p.m. for a report of smoke from the roof of a vacant home. A public safety unit arrived shortly after reported smoke from the roofline of the two-story dwelling.

As fire units arrived, they called for mutual aid from Oakdale. Maplewood Fire Department was also requested.

Firefighters attacked the fire with several handlines and an elevated master stream. 

When the smoke cleared, it appeared the most of the home was consumed by the flames.

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

Fire at Maplewood Apartment Building

February 5, 2011 1 comment
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Several fire departments are at the scene of an apartment fire in Maplewood on Saturday evening.

Maplewood Fire crews were called about 9:15 p.m. to the Maplewood Gardens Apartments on McKnight Road South.

Tanker 4 arrived to find smoke from the two-story, multi-unit apartment building.

Mutual aid was called from Woodbury, Oakdale and St. Paul fire departments.

Reports from the scene indicated that a firefighter was injured and transported, but no additional details are available at this time.

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