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St. Louis Park Fire Reaches 5 Alarms, Firefighter Injured

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The story as updated Wednesday morning

June 7 – More than a dozen fire departments were called to condominium complex fire in St. Louis Park on Tuesday, just as temperatures broke historic records.

The fire was reported at 4625 Minnetonka Blvd. around 3:30 p.m. and it brought auto aid from Edina and Richfield.

Firefighters found flames showing from the second floor of the three-story Nachez Place condominium complex. The fire extended from the second floor to the top floor before crews contained the fire.

St. Louis Park Spokesman Jamie Zwilling said that two units received extensive damage. One-third of the building had smoke damage.

The fire was under control in 30 minutes.

The fire quickly escalated to five alarms, bring about 15 departments and more than 75 firefighters.

“It reached five alarms because of the excess heat,” said Zwilling. About the time of the fire, the mercury hit reached 102 degrees.

A Golden Valley firefighter was transported to the hospital suffering from heat-related injuries, according to Zwilling.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Christopher Kummer said they dispatched three ambulances and three supervisors to assist evaluate residents and monitor firefighters.

The following departments responded: Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Hopkins, MAC Fire, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbindale and Wayzata.

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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.

Fire Levels Home Under Construction in Minnetonka

March 13, 2011 Leave a comment

March 11 – A three-alarm fire destroyed a Minnetonka home that was under construction on Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported about 1 p.m. in the 16900 block of Grays Bay Boulevard. Two construction workers were in the home when an explosion triggered the fire, Minnetonka Patch reported.

A video on Minnetonka Patch’s website shows a large volume of fire coming from the home before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters used master streams and handlines to keep the intense fire from spreading to other homes.

Mutual aid was received from Chanhassen, Hopkins, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Wayzata.

Heavy equipment was brought in to tear the remains of the structure down after the fire was placed under control.

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Plymouth Fire Consumes 2 Dozen Apartments

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Dozens of residents were displaced after a fire-alarm fire ripped through a Plymouth apartment complex on Monday evening. Two residents and one firefighter suffered minor injuries.

Reported about 4:50 p.m., the fire consumed 24 apartments of the Plymouth Oaks Apartments at 3301 Highway 169. About 50 firefighters from 10 departments responded to bring the fire under control.

Plymouth Deputy Fire Chief Kip Springer told local media that it appears that the fire started on the third floor of the three-story building and that all residents escaped safely.

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Crews rescued several pets from the building.

The fire quickly spread through the top floor of the building and consumed the attic.

At least one aerial ladder was flowing a master stream and several hoselines surrounding the building poured water on to the flames.

“As late as 9 p.m., firefighters on extended ladders continued to pour water into hot spots on the blackened skeletal roof line in the middle section of the southwest wing of the L-shaped building, where the fire was concentrated,” the Star Tribune reported.

Deputy Chief Kip told the Star Tribune that investigators will be on the scene of an extended period of time. The paper also reports that complex staff has assisted the residents find shelter this evening.

Mutual aid was received from Brooklyn Park, Excelsior, Hamel, Minnetonka, Rogers, Wayzata and West Metro, according to local media.

KSTP-TV reports that a fire in July 2007 caused $4 million in damage to one building in the complex. Another fire, in February 2008, left 30 units damaged.

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Dozens of Firefighters Battle Orono House Fire

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Dozens of firefighters responded to a house fire in Orono early on Monday morning.

Long Lake firefighters were called to 110 Smith Ave. just after 1 a.m. The first fire units on scene reported flames showing from the rear of the dwelling.

Mutual aid was called from several departments, including Plymouth and Wayzata.

KMSP reports that no injuries were reported.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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Twin Cities Departments Prepare for Holiday Storm After Busy Weekend

November 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Departments in the Twin Cities Metro are preparing for another storm Wednesday after this weekend’s ice storm created an unusually busy 48 hours for local fire departments.

Between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., St. Paul crews responded to 37 calls, according to St. Paul PIO Steve Zaccard.

Several of those responses required two or more medic units at accident scenes. At one point, crew were working at least four multiple vehicle crashes along Interstate 94 between Mounds Boulevard and Hamline Avenue. Three medics responded to one of those crashes, at 94 and Highway 52.

The department saw an increase of more than 30 percent for medical calls in the 24 hour period from Saturday night into Sunday night.

“Our call volume did increase,” said Plymouth Fire Chief Rick Kline. “During 48 hour time frame we responded to a higher number of structure fires, both in the city and as mutual aid to others.”

Kline said they responded to three fires in Plymouth and two on mutual aid.

He attributes one of them to the cold weather. A block heater that malfunctioned and stared the car on fire. The fire extended to the garage.

Plymouth assisted crews at a fire in St. Louis Park and at the multiple alarm townhouse fire in Wayzata.

Wednesday’s Storm Preparations

On what is one of the busiest travel days by road, area departments are preparing for today’s anticipated storm, which is expected to bring two inches of rain, plus sleet.

Kline said that his station staffing program will be ready to respond. “If conditions warrant, we will implement our storm stand-by protocol and staff our stations,” he said.

In St. Paul, firefighters were loading extra sand on the apparatus at Station 8 this morning.

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Update: Wayzata Townhouse Blaze

November 20, 2010 Leave a comment

Local media had updated their earlier stories on the early-morning fire in Wayzata.

The fire involved a three-story townhouse building housing four units. Two units were destroyed and the other two were damaged, leaving 10 homeless, according to the Star Tribune.

Wayzata Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich told the Star-Tribune that smoke detectors alerted the residents to the blaze.

Two residents were transported with smoke inhalation.

Eighty firefighters from several departments responded to the three-alarm fire in the 300 block of Hampton Street.

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