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Updated: Lightning May Have Sparked Andover Fire

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We have added additional photos and a video. No new details are available as of Friday night.

June 3 – A house fire in Andover on Friday morning may have been sparked by lightning as a small storm moved through the metro.

Andover fire crews were called to 2505 153rd Ln. about 9:30 a.m. for a report of a home struck by lightning. The Anoka County auto aid was alerted as well.

Chief 3 went on scene with light smoke showing from the roof of the 2 1/2-story dwelling.

Firefighters climbed ground ladders and stretched a hoseline to the roof near the attic to open up the area where damage was visible.

For a brief time, as firefighters opened the voids, a moderate amount of smoke showing.

Ham Lake, Anoka-Champlin, Oak Grove and Ramsey crews were on scene. An engine from Coon Rapids covered Andover while crews were at the scene.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

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Ramsey Dwelling Fire Extinguished Quickly

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MAY 19 – Ramsey Fire crews, along with Anoka County Auto Aid, were dispatched to the 15000 Block of Willemite Street at around 2:20 p.m. today.

First arriving units reported smoke showing and deployed pre-connected handlines to the structure,  quickly knocking down the fire.

A drop tank was set up as this area has no hydrants; however, due to the quick knockdown of the fire, water shuttles were not needed.

The Auto Aid brought fire crews from Andover, Oak Grove and Anoka-Champlin to the scene.

Twin Cities Fire Wire will update this story when more information is available.

Updated: Fire Breaks out at Anoka Recycling Plant

May 3 – We’ve got an update on yesterday’s recycling plant fire in Anoka.

Anoka-Champlin (ACFD) Fire Chief 2 arrived to find heavy black smoke and fire in a two-story high shredding machine at Alter Recycling at 2905 N. Ferry St. The machine was used to shred vehicles. KSTP-TV’s helicopter footage shows the severity of the smoke and flames when firefighters arrived.

The Anoka County automatic aid policy brought Andover and Ramsey units when ACFD was dispatched.

ACFD Engine 3 arrived and stretched two handlines. Using the on-board foam system firefighters flowed a foam and water mixture onto the raging fire,  Anoka-Champlin Fire Chief Charlie Thompson told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Chief 1 assumed command and worked with ACFD Chief 2, Andover Chief 1, Maple Grove Chief 4 and Ramsey Chief 1. Command requested mutual aid from Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove fire departments.

Engine 11 arrived and assisted Engine 3 with dousing the fire.

Aerial 21 worked with Andover and Ramsey crews to suppress the fire, which was brought under control in less than 30 minutes.

According to Thompson, the fire began on the conveyer belt of the machine after it came in contact with a hot piece of metal.

Maple Grove firefighters covered ACFD Station 1 and Brooklyn Center crews covered ACFD station 2.

The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – March 16

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While Twin Cities Fire Wire primarily focuses on coverage of fires and other emergencies, we are aiming to provide you with more extensive coverage of stories related to the fire service around the Twin Cities Metro.

Each week we are going to provide you with stories that feature local firefighters, departments and other interesting news.

FEMA Resources Brought in Arden Hills Ahead of Flooding

According to KARE-TV, 95 trailers are staged for the pending spring floods at the former ammunition plant in Arden Hills. They are filled with water, food, generators and other supplies to keep communities running during should flooding get serious.

“This is called an incident support base,”  FEMA Public Information Officer Tom Kempton told KARE. “FEMA and the federal government are making sure commodities are pre-positioned.”

The supplies are not only for the Twin Cities, but are ready to roll throughout the Midwest.

  • Read the story here.

Minneapolis Takes Hot Wing Challenge

A Minneapolis firefighters downed more chicken wings than his St. Paul counterpart during yesterday’s Wing Challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings in Southeast Minneapolis.

KARE-TV reports that Minneapolis Fire Equipment Operator Dan Nalepka beat the St. Paul firefighter in eating 20 Blazin’ Hot Wings during the Salvation Army’s Minnesota FoodShare Month competition.

Kowalski’s donated 500 pounds of food for the event. The winning team received 300 pounds to donate at the end of the event, while the losing team received 200 pounds.

  • Read the story here.

Former Robbinsdale Firefighter Heads Anoka County Emergency Services

The Star-Tribune published a feature on Anoka County Emergency Services Manager Terry Stoltzman today.

The article looks at an award-winning program to supplement his staff of two during major incidents.

  • Read the article here.

Ramsey, St. Francis Fire Departments Receive Special Donation

The Anoka Winter Knights Snowmobile Club has donated $750 to both the Ramsey and St. Francis Fire Departments, the Anoka County Union reported.

The Ramsey Fire Department will use the funds to purchase a cold/ice water immersion suit. The money will help St. Francis obtain an immersion suit and ropes.

  • Read the article here.

Emergency Apparatus Maintenance: Repairs Up Due to Economy

The Quad Community Press has written a feature  Emergency Apparatus Maintenance (EAM) in Lino Lakes.

The founder talks about the economy and how that has slowed the sale of fire apparatus, while increasing the amount of repairs and updates being made the existing fleets.

  • Read the article here.

Ramsey Firefighter Retires After 21 Years

After 21 years of service, Ramsey Firefighter Bob Simpson has retired from the fire department, according to the Anoka County Union.

“Seeing the department evolve has been unreal,” Simpson told the paper. The department grew from one station and one piece of apparatus to three stations.

Simpson tells the paper about the highlights of his career, but also shares the tragedies.

  • Read the article here.

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Fire Consumes Andover Garage

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A dinner-time fire consumed a garage in Andover on Tuesday.

Andover firefighters were called to the 3700 block of 173rd Lane Northwest just after 6:30 p.m. Auto aid was called from Anoka-Champlin, Oak Grove and Ramsey for tankers to the scene.

A fire chief arrived and reported a detached garage fully involved.

A tanker shuttle was set up to supply crews operating several hoselines that were deployed to contain the raging fire.

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

Update: Crews Save Champlin Home

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    Firefighters kept the damage to a Champlin home minimal after an attached garage fire on Friday afternoon.

    Anoka-Champlin (ACFD) crews were called to 10911 Tanglewood Ln. North at 4:10 p.m. Auto aid from Andover, Maple Grove and Ramsey was also started.

    ACFD Chief 2 arrived and found the garage fully involved.

    Firefighters deployed 1 1/2-inch hoselines to attack the heavy volume of fire in the garage and protect the home.

    Anoka-Champlin Chief Charlie Thompson said crews “stopped the fire just as it breached the attic of the residence.”

    Units from Osseo and Coon Rapids covered Anoka-Champlin stations while crews were on the scene.

    The fire caused $150,000 damage and Thompson said the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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    Blaze Destroys Champlin Garage

    January 22, 2011 2 comments
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    Firefighters battled flames as it consumed an attached garage in Champlin on Friday afternoon.

    Anoka-Champlin Crews were called to 10911 Tanglewood Ln. North about 4:30 p.m.

    They arrived to find heavy fire from an attached garage and deployed several handlines to the garage and into the home.

    Mutual aid was received from Andover, Maple Grove, Osseo and Ramsey.

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