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Lakeville Home Damaged by Two-alarm Fire

June 19, 2011 Leave a comment

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June 16 – A two-alarm fire damaged a Lakeville home on  Thursday.

At 2:49 p.m., Lakeville firefighters were called to 17398 Jaguar Ave. and Chief 3 arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from a garage attached to a two-story home. A second alarm was called, bringing mutual aid from Apple Valley.

Firefighters from Lakeville Engine 3 entered the home and attacked the flames from the service door.  Engine 2’s crews stretched a back up hoseline and conducted primary search duties, according to Fire Chief Michael Meyer.

The crew of Ladder 4 was assigned to open up the ceiling in the master bedroom and stop the fire from spreading to the attic of the home.  Secondary searches were performed by Rescue 1 and Ladder 1’s crew used the aerial ladder to ventilate the home by opening the skylight above the master bedroom.

Firefighters cleared the scene by 5:30 and investigators remained on scene to determine the cause of the fire. It caused extensive damage to the garage and the second floor bedroom and smoke damage throughout the home.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 3, 44, Ladders 1 and 4, Rescues 1 and 3, Chiefs 1 and 3, Fire Marshal. Second Alarm: Apple Valley Ladder 1. EMS: Allina ambulance and supervisor.
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Arson Fire Damages South Minneapolis Building

June 5 – An early-morning fire in South Minneapolis on Sunday is arson, officials say.

Fire crews were called to 2121 Chicago. Ave. at 5: 11 a.m.

They found a shed burning in the rear of the building, Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said.

The flames spread to a porch and the rear stairwell of the adjacent two-story building. The vacant building housed commercial space on the first floor and residential areas on the second floor.

Penn said a second alarm was called for additional resources and to help keep the fire from spreading.

The fire was deemed arson and Minneapolis police are continuing he investigation.

Minneapolis Fire Crews Tame Arson Fire Before it Spreads

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May 17 –Officials say that a two-alarm fire in North Minneapolis on Tuesday is arson.

Fire crews were called to 2314 Dupont Ave. N. just after 5 p.m. and crews found heavy fire and smoke showing from the rear of the two-story duplex.

According to the Extra Alarm Association Facebook page, Engine 4 laid an attack line Engine 14 deployed a backup line after securing a water supply.

Fire was on the first and second floors and involving the attic.

Ladder 4’s crew positioned the aerial ladder to the roof of the structure and Ladder 10 conducted primary searches.

Engine 2 laid a supply line to Ladder 4, the Extra Alarm Association reported. Shortly after, they went into a defensive attack as flames were shooting from the roof.

“Due to the close proximity to other structures, a second alarm was called to get additional resources on scene,” Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said. Engines 16 and 11, with Rescue 9 were dispatched.

As crews battled the fire from the outside, Engine 16 laid a supply line to the scene.

After the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews reentered the structure to pull ceilings and walls to find the hot spots.

Penn said “there was more than one point of origin,” and the Minneapolis police are further investigating the fire. and as such a point of origin has not been determined.

Small, Smoky Fire Contained at Downtown St. Paul Building

May 12 – St. Paul firefighters were called to a smoky two-alarm fire in a downtown building early Thursday.

Units were dispatched to the former Bremer Bank building, at 360 Cedar St., at 5:55 a.m. for a report of smoke in the building.

Chief 2 and Engine 15 arrived and began an investigation. The structure features multiple levels with more than 52,000 square feet of space and is vacant and awaiting demolition for the light rail project.

Engine 15 found heavy smoke in the lobby and pulled a hoseline to the front door. Engine 6 was assigned to supply Engine 15 with water.

Continuing the search for fire, Engine 8 went to the second floor and Ladder 8 accessed the roof of the building.

As crews continued to search for the source of the smoke, a second alarm was called at 6:15.

Crews began opening windows and doors to allow the smoke condition to lift.

Around 6:20, Squad 1 reported finding a charred electrical panel in the basement and called for a hoseline.

Excel was called to the scene to shut off the power.

The last unit cleared the scene around 8:30.

  • Assignment: Engines 15, 8, 6, Ladder 8, Medic 8, Squad 1, Chief 2. We don’t have the RIT and second alarm assignments, but Engines 10 and 18, Ladders 10 and 18, Squad 2 and Chief 1 were also on scene.

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Eagan Gas Station Closed After Fire

April 16, 2011 Leave a comment
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April 16 – A Eagan Holiday gas station will be closed today after an early-morning fire broke out in a storage room.

At 2:21 a.m. firefighters were dispatched for a report of smoke showing from the Holiday Gas Station at 3615 Pilot Knob Rd. As fire units were enroute, police arrived confirmed that smoke was issuing from the building.

The first fire unit on scene, Chief 4, reported heavy smoke from the one-story building. A second alarm was called, bringing resources from Eagan stations 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Engine 3 and Ladder 2 crews forced entry into the structure and located a working fire in the storage area in the rear of the building

Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott said that crews contained the fire to the storage room, but the building suffered significant smoke and water damage. The business would not be able to reopen on Saturday, he said.

The business was closed when the fire broke out the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Eagan Fire Marshal.

Assignment: Engines 1, 3 and 4 Ladders 1 and 2, Rescue 6, Support 2, Chiefs 1, 3, 4 and 5 and HealthEast Ambulance

Video: Minneapolis Store Fire Reaches 2 Alarms

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

April 11 – Fire crews battled a commercial building fire early Monday morning.

Crews were called to the Lyndale Grocery & Deli at 2551 Lyndale Ave. S. at 12:05 a.m.

On arrival, heavy smoke was coming from the one-story commercial occupancy on a tightly packed strip of commercial buildings.

Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said firefighters conducted an interior attack on the smoky blaze. The videos below show firefighter’s taking out the plate glass windows and entering the building.

Command requested a second alarm because of the fire building’s proximity of other structures, according to Penn.

Hennepin EMS crews stood by at the scene and no injuries were reported.

Minneapolis Firefighters Battle Stubborn Blaze

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment
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We updated this story on Friday at 9 a.m.

March 31 – Firefighters battled a stubborn two-alarm fire in a large apartment building in Whittier on Thursday afternoon.

Engines 6 and 8, Ladder 11 and Chief 3 were dispatched about 1 p.m. for smoke coming from a house in the 2500 block of 1st Avenue S. about 1 p.m.

On arrival, Engine 6 reported smoke showing from the basement of the large 2 1/2-story structure, which was occupied as a sober house. The crew stretched an attack line and Engine 8 deployed a backup line and assisted with securing a water supply.

Assistant Chief Cherie Penn told Twin Cities Fire Wire that firefighters were attacking the fire in the basement when a possible backdraft occured, forcing crews from the building.

In the video that we posted below, you can hear air horns sounding, shortly after “an explosion burst through the front door,” the YouTube poster wrote. “About 30 seconds into the video you can hear windows blowing out and see a huge amount of smoke pouring out.”

Ladder 11’s tower ladder was set up and Engine 6 laid a water supply line to the ladder truck.

Thick smoke then engulfed the 2 1/2-story wood frame apartment building as firefighter set up for exterior operations. Heavy fire on the D-side of the home caused the siding on the exposure home to melt.

Firefighters surrounded the building with handlines and portable master streams and poured water into the structure. The roof had collapsed and Ladder 11’s master streams were hitting the flames in the attic.

Ladder 11’s stream knocked a roof ladder off the structure and hit a firefighter working on the ground. He was treated by Hennepin EMS crews.

Penn said the fire was declared under control about 4:30 p.m. and the home was knocked down shortly after.

  • Assignment: Initial: Engines 6 and 8, Ladder 11 and Chief 3. Full Assignment: Engine 7, Ladder 3, Chief 1, Mobile Command and Salvage. Second Alarm: Engines 1 and 1 and Ladder 2