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Fire at Vacant Stroh’s Brewey in St. Paul

June 9, 2011 2 comments
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June 9 – St. Paul firefighters doused a small fire on the roof of the vacant Stroh’s Brewery on the East side Thursday afternoon.

Crews were dispatched to 707 Minnehaha Ave. E., around 5:20, for a report of black smoke from the roof of a building. The complex, vacated in the late 1990s, has a variety of buildings on both sides of Minnehaha Avenue.

Engine 4 arrived to find light smoke from the roof of the multi-level building. Heights ranged from seven stories to four stories.

Ladder 7 positioned in front of the building and Engine 17 laid a supply line from Engine 4 to a hydrant east of the complex.

Firefighters attempted to access the top of the building from the interior, but found the stairs unusable. Ladder 7’s aerial was placed to the roof of the four-story side of the building and firefighters found a pile of roofing materials on fire.

Crews stretched a 2 1/2-inch hoseline up the aerial and supplied a 1 3/4-inch line that was used to extinguish the fire in minutes.

As investigators began their work, crews disassembled the hoselines and carried them back down the ladder.

A fire at the brewery in 2005 reached two alarms and the thick black smoke could be seen for miles, according to the Extra Alarm Association’s website (see last three photos).

The Sept. 7 fire destroyed theĀ  building that was often used by vagrants. Fire was through the roof of the structure by the time firefighters arrived and crews went into defensive mode.

  • Assignment: Engines 4, 17 and 8, Ladder 7, Squad 2 and Chief 3
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Early-morning House Fire in Cottage Grove

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June 8 – Firefighters were called to a small house fire in Cottage Grove around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews were dispatched to 8351 Hyde Ct. for a report of smoke and flames from the roof of a home.

When police arrived, they reported smoke from the eaves of the one-story home. Fire units found flames and smoke from the rear on their arrival.

The fire started in an electric ventilation fan in the attic.

“The fan was probably running all day because of the high heatand overheated,” Cottage Grove Fire Chief Bob Byerly told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Firefighters on the roof opened the area around the fan to check for extension. Crews doused the flames with a water extinguisher.

Damage was limited to the attic and roof around the fan.

This fire was a block away from Monday’s house fire on Hyde Avenue.

The units were released about 2 a.m.

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.

Updated: Memorial Day Weekend Ends with Blaze in Oakdale

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This story was updated on Tuesday evening.

May 30 – A late night house fire, fueled by gusty winds, caused extensive damage to a Oakdale home on Monday.

Around 11 p.m., firefighters were called to 5489 Golfview Ave. for a reported fire on the deck that was spreading to the home. Additional calls reported the structure was involved.

Oakdale Chief 7201 (Chief Jeff Anderson) went on scene with heavy fire showing from the C-side of the dwelling. The lightweight wood-frame home was 2 1/2 stories in the front and 3 1/2 stories in the rear. The three residents had evacuated.

Command requested mutual aid engines from Maplewood and Woodbury almost immediately.

“When we arrived, the wind was pushing the fire into the eaves and through each of the windows and doors in the rear,” Oakdale Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Wold told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

He said fire was already involving the three levels of the home and it was decided to make a defensive attack.

“With a wind-driven fire involving a lightweight home, it moves pretty fast and you have to be careful about putting crews inside,” Wold said.

Arriving crews deployed several 2 1/2-inch hoselines around the structure to tackle the flames.

Firefighters also positioned 1 3/4-inch hoselines to protect the home on the B-side of the structure, which was less than 10 feet away.

The fire gained possession of the attic space and it was decided to use an elevated master stream to douse the flames as wind gusts in excess of 20 mph were steadily pushing the flames.

The fire was knocked down in about 15 minutes.

Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews entered to home to hit the hot spots.

Once inside, crews reported that the home was structurally sound. “surprisingly, it was mostly content that burned inside and the structural components were in pretty good shape.”

Crews had to perform extensive overhaul as the fire spread throughout much of the home. The intense flames caused the lightweight truss roof to collapse.

Wold said the fire was deemed accidental, but the exact cause of the fire could not be pinpointed.

Crews from Mahtomedi, Maplewood and North St. Paul were at the scene. Units from Lake Elmo and Woodbury covered Oakdale station.


Ham Lake Fights Multiple Vehicles On Fire

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MAY 30 – Ham Lake Fire crews responded to a report of a possible building fire in the 300 block of Bunker Lake Boulevard on Sunday evening.

Ham Lake Chief 2 arrived and reported multiple vehicles on fire in a vehicle salvage yard.

Crews made access to the salvage yard and deployed attack lines to extinguish the fire and perform overhaul operations.

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

Video: Cottage Grove Firefighters Tackle Basement Fire

May 13, 2011 1 comment
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This story was updated and additional photos and videos were added Friday night.

May 13 – Cottage Grove firefighters doused a smoky basement fire on Friday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to the 8700 block of Ivywood Avenue around 3:30 for a report of flames coming from the closet in a bedroom.

Cottage Grove Ladder 26 found heavy smoke from the two-story, split-level home when they arrived. The occupants had escaped the home.

Deputy Chief Rick Redenuis arrived moments later and he told Twin Cities fire that the window in the fire room failed and flames were now showing from the lower level room.

The crew from Ladder 26 deployed a 1 3/4-inch hoseline through the garage into the home. Engine 45 stretched a backup line.

Redenuis said that crews encountered extremely high heat conditions as they made their way into the basement.

The fire was knocked down in about 10 minutes.

Crews performed ventilation on both levels of the home and the thick brown smoke pushed from the upper level for a few minutes.

Mutual aid was called from St. Paul Park.

Firefighters removed much of the area around the fire room windows on the exterior to check for extension. The aerial from Ladder 26 was used to check for extension along the top of the home.

Redenuis said the basement suffered heavy heat damage and the entire home suffered smoke damage.

Large Scale Gas Leak Prompts Evacuations in St. Anthony, Minneapolis

May 10 – A gas main that was struck during maintenance work caused evacuations in St. Anthony and Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. Firefighters remained on the scene for 14 hours to protect utility works that were involved in the massive repair effort.

St. Anthony firefighters were called to the intersection of Stinson Boulevard. and 30th Avenue NE around 2:30 p.m.

Chief John Malenick said that contractors working for CenterPoint Energy were performing routine maintenance when they punctured a four-inch hole in the 12-inch main. The gas was under pressure at 90 psi and people in the area reported a large hissing sound.

The size of the leak prompted evacuations of a four-block area. Since parts of Minneapolis were going to be evacuated, Minneapolis fire crews were summoned to the scene.

The pressure of the blowing gas, coupled with the large size of the hole reduced the immediate danger to residents on the street, according to Malenick.

Saint Anthony struck an all-call and mutual aid was later called from Columbia Heights, New Brighton and Roseville.

CenterPoint officials determined that shutting down the main would impact too large of an area, including Northeast Minneapolis, Columbia Heights and other surrounding communities. They had to cut the line at two locations and create a new line to bypass the leak.

Firefighters staffed hoselines in the areas where workers were making the repairs. “Our priority was to protect the workers,” Malenick said. “They were in an extremely vulnerable position.”

He also said that gas seeping into the ground of the surrounding neighborhoods was a concern, but it was closely monitored.

Malenick said that close to 20 St. Anthony firefighters stayed on scene until the repair was completed and any dangers were removed. The crews were released around 6 a.m.

The Minneapolis Mobile command unit was called to the scene to assist in organizing the large number of agencies, including police, fire, utilities, public works and other support groups. Hennepin EMS crews were also on the scene of the incident.

“It was a tremendous effort on behalf of all agencies who were called out,” Malenick told Twin Cities Fire Wire.