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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.

Possible Arson Fire at Plymouth Apartment

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April 23 – An early-morning fire in a Plymouth apartment building may be arson, officials say.

Firefighters were called to the Place Apartment at 3925 Lancaster Ln. N around 4:15 a.m.

Plymouth Fire Deputy Chief Kip Springer told Sun Newspapers that the fire was started in a second floor stairwell.

Firefighters quickly contained the fire to the area where the first was discovered.

Plymouth police officials told local media that a suspect was seen running from the scene moments before the fire was reported.

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Minnetonka Condo Damaged by Fire

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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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Brooklyn Park House Fire Called ‘Suspicious’

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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.

Mutual Aid Responds to Brooklyn Park Fire

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March 29 – Several fire departments battled what appears to be a garage fire in Brooklyn Park on Tuesday evening.

Crews were called to the 7600 block of 69th Avenue just before 9 p.m.

Units from Maple Grove, Osseo, Plymouth and West Metro were called to assist Brooklyn Park crews.

Firefighters worked to protect nearby residential buildings.

TwinCitiesFireWire.com will update the story when more information is available.

Fire Destroys St. Louis Park Shop

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An early-morning fire damaged two shops in a St. Louis Park strip mall on Thursday.

Firefighters were called to Yes Mart, in the Texa-Tonka shopping plaza at Minnetonka Boulevard and Texas Avenue, around 6 a.m.

Public Information Officer Jamie Zwilling told the St. Louis Park Patch that the unoccupied store was fully involved when units arrived.

Flames spread to an adjacent vacant business before being contained, according to KARE-TV.

The fire reached two alarms and mutual aid was called from Edina, Hopkins and Plymouth.

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Update: Brooklyn Park Fire Caused by Child Playing with Lighter

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We have an update on yesterday’s apartment fire in Brooklyn Park.

Firefighters were called to the Willow Apartments at 6010 65th Ave. at 5:15 p.m. for a report of an apartment fire.

Brooklyn Park Chief 2, Deputy Chief Todd Seitz, arrived to find fire showing from the top floor on the A-side of the apartment building. The structure was still occupied and a second alarm was called because, “we had
what appeared to be movement from within the unit involved,” Seitz said. He assumed command.

The the two-story building, constructed of wood-frame, has three wings that are separated by fire walls forming a U-shape. The fire was burning in the center wing that measured 430 feet long by 60 feet wide. There are 120 units in that building.

Crews from Brooklyn Park Engines 31 and 32 deployed a 150-foot 2 1/2-inch line with a wye to the second floor. A 200-foot stretch of 1 3/4-inch hose was supplemented with an additional length of hose to make the fire apartment. Brooklyn Park Chief 21 assumed interior command.

“Crews reported thick smoke and heat inside the hallway just passed the fire doors leading to the unit,” Seitz said.

Command was receiving reports of people jumping from second floor windows and Brooklyn Park Aerial 21 was assigned to rescue operations on the D-side.

West Metro Aerial 11 was positioned on the C-side for roof operations. Brooklyn Park Engine 12 was tasked with searching the fire floor.

The fire was contained to the original apartment and the unit below suffered water damaged.

According to Seitz, the fire was caused by a child playing with a lighter. Damage was estimated at $45,000.

The Red Cross was called in to help two families.

  • Assignment: First Alarm: Brooklyn Park Engines 12, 31, 32, 41, Brooklyn Park Aerial 21, West Metro Aerial 11, Brooklyn Park Chiefs 1, 2, 21 and West Metro Chief 11. Second Alarm: Brooklyn Center Engine 3 and Chief 2, Maple Grove Engine 11 and Chief 4, Osseo Tanker 11 and Chief 1 and Plymouth Lieutenant 23. Osseo Utility 11 provided air bottles. Plymouth Engine 21 covered Brooklyn Park

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