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Inver Grove Heights Fire Injures Resident

May 10 – Firefighters from the south metro battled a late-night house fire in Inver Grove Heights that left one resident with injuries on Tuesday.

Inver Grove Heights (IGH) firefighters were called to a house fire in the 10300 block of Barnes Way at 11:42 p.m. Eagan (EFD) was also dispatched on an auto-aid.

IGH Chief 1 and Eagan Chief 5 arrived to find flames leaping high from the roof of the garage attached to a one-story rambler home. “The flames must have been over 20 feet high when we got there,” Inver Grove Heights Chief  Judy Thill told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

The only occupant of the home had evacuated and was being tended to by a HealthEast Ambulance crew.

Arriving together, IGH Engine 11 set up for fire attack and Eagan Engine/Tanker 5 set up for water supply.

Using handlines, Engine 11’s crews began a defensive attack on the garage. Once the heavy volume of fire was knocked down, Thill said crews moved inside the home to cut off the fire extension.

The home is located in an area with no hydrants.

Firefighters set up two drop tanks and EFD Engine 5 started to siphon water from the tanks. IGH Tankers 14 and 36 arrived and dumped their tanks before proceeding to the fill site at city hall, almost three miles away.

Mutual aid was called from Mendota Heights and Rosemount for additional tankers.

Inside the home, crews pulled ceilings to access the fire. “The crews did a great job of getting to the fire inside the attic and stopped it about half-way through the home.”

Thill said the home was suffered heavy smoke and water damage and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The last crews left the scene just after 2:30 a.m.

A crew from South Metro Fire was called first respond on a medical call during the fire.

Click here for aftermath photos from Inver Grove Heights Patch.


The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – March 31

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment

First Responders Awarded for Life Saving Actions

Eight first responders were given life saving awards for their actions at a house fire in Apple Valley on Feb. 4. Firefighters Trudy Hagert, David Kennedy, Sam Seal and Nick Torrini started CPR on a resident after he collapsed while crews investigated a fire in his home.

Allina Paramedics Katie Kuenzi and Albert Reiff gave advanced cardiac life support intervention and police officers assisted in the save, Apple Valley Fire Chief Nealon Thompson told the Apple Valley Patch.

  • Read the story and view the video here.

Grant Provides Medical Training for East Bethel Firefighters

A 2009 Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant provided the funding to get half of the East Bethel Fire Department’s firefighters trained at the EMT level, according to

Chief Mark DuCharme said the $346,750 grant, which is spread over four years, provided the training for medical emergcnies, which accounts for more than half of the department’s calls.

“This is something we could not afford without the grant,” DuCharme told the paper.

  • Read the story here.

Edina Fire Blotter

The Edina Patch has published an extensive list of emergenicies that Edina fire crews were called to between March 14 – 20.

Firefighters responded to more than 70 EMS calls, several crashes and assisted area departments at two major incidents.

  • Read the story here.

South Metro Fire Looking at ‘Crash Tax’

The South Metro Fire Department is considering a “crash tax,” according to an article in the Pioneer Press

They are considering charing non-residents $577 for responses to serious accident scenes. This could open the door for additional fees at other rescue incidents.

Several departments in the metro have already implented simialr taxes. The article says that Minneapolis created $129,000 in revenue from such fees. St. Paul brought in more than $30,000 in fees.

  • Read the story here

Two Veteran Bethel Firefighters Retired

Fire Chief Shane Swedeen firefighter Gary Fox retired from the department after more than 60 years of responding to emergencies in Bethel.

According to ABC, Sweeden served for 20 years and Fox gaves 46 years of service to the community. Both joined the department after witnessing fires while they were young.

The two talk about the ups and downs of being a firefighter in the small community in the artice.

  • Read the story here.

Bethel Names New Fire Chief

David Arcand, a six-year member of the Bethel Fire Department, was tapped to lead the department in January.

The new chief talks with about his goals for the department, which operates on an annual budget of $28,000. He hopes to apply for grants, increase fundraising efforts and raise the department’s ISO rating, which is currently a nine.

  • Read the story here.

Rosemount Honors Emergency Responders

Rosemount named Fire Captain Mike Reis as firefighter of the year, the Rosemount Patch reports. He has been a member for 29 years and has served in several capacities.

  • Read the story here.


West St. Paul Garage Destroyed

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment
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March 2 – Fire gutted a West St. Paul garage on Wednesday.

Crews from South Metro were called to Smith Avenue S & Moreland Avenue W around 4 p.m. Units reported heavy smoke in the distance as they responded.

As firefighters worked to secure a water supply, the first hydrant was found frozen shut. They worked to find a hydrant as crews battled the intense flames.

The fire was brought under control, but destroyed the garage, three vehicles and damaged two neighboring garages.

  • First Alarm Assignment: Engines 1 and 2, Ladder 2, Ambulance 1 and Chiefs 1 and 2. Second Alarm: Engines 12 and 22 and Utility 2.

South St. Paul Snow Plow Catches Fire

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment
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A City of South St. Paul snow plow caught fire on Tuesday morning.

South Metro Fire crews were called to the 100 block of Park Street, which runs just along Interstate 494, about 10:15 a.m. Several calls reported a city snow plow on fire.

The vehicle was plowing when the driver noticed smoke from the hood. He tried to fight the fire with extinguisher unsuccessfully.

Engine 2 went on scene with a fully involved engine compartant and cab.

Crews from Engine 2 and Engine 1 knocked down the fire. They used a rotary saw to access the engine compartment, which was heavily damaged by the fire.

South Metro Fire Chief Jhn Ehret said the truck was a total loss and the fire was accidental in nature.

  • Assignment: South Metro Engines 2 and 1, Ambulance 1

Fire Damages Inver Grove Heights Apartment

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Responders evacuated several residents when fire broke out at an Inver Grove Heights Apartment complex on Monday.

Crews were called to the Bridgewood Apartments at 3122 East 65th St. at 12:38 p.m. and when police arrived, they found heavy smoke on the third floor hallway.

Chief 1 arrived and directed Ladder 13’s crew to the fire apartment where they contained the fire to the kitchen. Police officers worked to evacuate residents from the building.

South Metro fire was called to the scene and operated to find fire extension and perform overhaul.

Chief Judy Thill said the fire was contained to the kitchen of the apartment. She said light smoke damaged the hallway and that no injuries were reported.

Thirty-five firefighters responded to the scene and Eagan Fire covered Inver Grove Heights stations during the incident.

Two-Alarm Fire Leaves 1 Injured in South St. Paul

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment
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A resident was injured by a two-alarm fire in South St. Paul on Wednesday afternoon.

South Metro Fire was dispatched for a reported house fire in the 400 block of 12th Avenue North at 2:43 p.m.

As fire units were responding, they received a report from police that fire was coming from one window of the home. Chief 1 called a second alarm to bring off-duty personnel back.

Engine 2 arrived at 2:47 to find fire and smoke showing from the A/B-corner of the 1 1/2-story home.

Two 1 3/4-inch hoselines were brought to the rear entrance and Engine 2 and Ladder 2 made a positive pressure attack, according to Assistant Fire Chief Mark Erickson.

Engine 1 arrived and established a water supply for Engine 2 from a nearby hydrant. The crew then stretched a backup 1 3/4-inch line to the rear.

The lone resident of the home escaped the fire and suffered minor injuries. HealthEast Ambulance treated and transported him to United Hospital.

Ambulance 1’s crew assumed rapid intervention duties.

The fire was under control by 3:02 and Erickson said it was confined to two rooms with slight extension into the attic.

Engine 22 and Ladder 1 responded on the second alarm and Engine 12 was staffed to cover the stations.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

  • First Alarm Assignment: Engines 2 and 1, Ladder 2, Ambulance 1, Chiefs 1, 2 and 3, Inspector 1. Second Alarm: Engine 12, Ladder 1

Resident Injured in South St. Paul Fire

January 26, 2011 1 comment

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A resident was injured during a house fire in South St. Paul on Wednesday.

South Metro Fire crews were called to the 400 block of 12th Avenue North about 2:45 p.m.

They found smoke from the one-story dwelling and a second alarm was called. will update the story when additional details are available.