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Massive Blaze Destroys Lakefront Home in West Metro

May 30, 2011 2 comments

May 27 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to a raging fire that consumed a Shorewood home on Friday afternoon. The fire occurred in an area with no hydrants.

Firefighters were called to 3944 Enchanted Dr., on Enchanted Island, around 2 p.m.

“On arrival, part of the house was gone and about 50 percent of the home was fully engulfed,” Mound Fire Chief Greg Pederson told Lake Minnetonka Patch.

According to realtor.com, the two-story home featured 3,800 square feet of living space and a four-car garage. The home was valued at around $1.7 million. A Google Map view shows the home at the end of a
two-lane road on an island surrounded by Phelps Bay.

As crews responded, it was reported that three occupants were home.

Just as crews prepared to enter the home, it they got word that the home was unoccupied. “That’s not only a relief for the people inside, but also for the firefighters,” Pederson told KSTP-TV. “We had a crew going in the front door trying to make a rescue.”

According to various media reports, firefighters used water from Phelps Bay and tanker shuttles to bring the fire under control.

Local media is also reporting that the fire may have been sparked by a natural gas explosion. Fire and utilities officials are investigating.

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Following is a list of departments that responded, according to various sources. There maybe more and we apologize if we missed them: Chaska, Chanhassen, Excelsior, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Plain, Minnetrista, Mound, St. Bonifacius, Victoria, Watertown and Wayzata.

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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.

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.

Dog Alerts San Francisco Twp. Family to Fire

March 5, 2011 Leave a comment

 

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March 4 – A family dog is being hailed a hero after alerting a San Francisco Township family to a house fire early Friday morning.

 

When crews were called to 8950 Joyce Rd., the fire had already engulfed the home. The three residents escaped the home because their dog woke them up, local media reported.

Firefighters from Cologne, Belle Plaine, Carver, Chaska, Norwood-Young America and Waconia were called to the scene just after midnight.

They went into a defensive attack on arrival and had to use tankers to shuttle water to the scene.

Officials say the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Firefighters Battle Corcoran House Fire

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Fire damaged a Corcoran home on Wednesday night.

Crews were called to the home at 20400 Duffney Circle around 5:30 p.m.

KARE11 reported, “when authorities arrived, the east side of the home was fully engulfed in flames.”

The residents escaped the home.

Several fire departments were called to the scene to assist with a tanker shuttle.

Crews from Hamel, Hanover, Maple Grove and Rogers were on the scene.

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Fire Damages Barn in Inver Grove Heights

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

An Inver Grove Heights barn suffered moderate damage after a fire on Friday afternoon.

Inver Grove Heights fire units were called to 11044 Courthouse Blvd. East at 3:11 p.m. for a pole barn on fire. A tender from Rosemount was called due to the location of the structure.

When units arrived, they found smoke coming from the one-story pole barn, measuring about 40 feet by 80 feet. The barn was more than 1,000 feet off the roadway.

Chief Judy Thill said crews were lucky. “Fortunately there was a hydrant about 400 feet from pole barn.”

Crews dropped a large diameter hoseline from that hydrant for their water supply as they deployed handlines into the structure.

Thill said the barn was used for storage and housed several vehicles. Smoke from the fire caused damage to the entire structure.

The Dakota County Fire Investigation Team ruled the fire accident, according to Thill. It started near the wood burner.

Mendota Heights Ladder 10 was called to cover Inver Grove Heights during the fire. During that time, they ran a cardiac arrest.

The last units left the scene about 7:30 p.m.

Assignment: Inver Grove Heights Engines 11 and 33, Ladder 13, Tenders 14 and 36, Rescue 10, Eagan Engine 4 and a Rosemount Tender.

Fire Consumes Hugo Home

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

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A number of fire departments are on the scene of a dwelling fire in Hugo Sunday night.

The fire was reported about 7:30 p.m. at 8745 136th St. Ct. North.

Units are working in defensive mode using ladder pipes and hoselines to contain the fire.

A witness told Twin Cities Fire Wire that he could see the flames from a mile away.

A tanker relay is in operation to get water to the scene.

Mutual aid is on the scene from Centennial, Forest Lake, Stillwater and White Bear Lake.

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