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Eagan House Fire Possibly Sparked by Lightning

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment
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June 21 – Officials believe an early-morning house fire in Eagan was caused by lightning. Four of Eagan’s five stations were called to the scene.

Eagan crews were called to 885 Curry Trail at 4:45 for a report of flames from the roof of a dwelling. The 9-1-1 caller, a neighbor, was going to notify the residents of the fire.

Engine 4 and Ladder 2 arrived to find flames showing from the attic of the split-level home.

“Crews did an excellent job with a quick attack of the main body of fire in the attic area,” Chief Mike Scott told Twin Cities Fire Wire. The fire was burning above the living and dining rooms.

The home suffered extensive damage from smoke and water and damage estimates were around $100,000.

“Neighbors reported a loud burst of thunder about an hour before the fire was reported,” Scott said. “One neighbor described the noise as the loudest thunder he had ever heard.” The fire marshal is investigating the cause at this time.

The five residents escaped from the home and no injuries were reported.

  • Assignment: Engines 2, 3, 4, 42, 5, Ladder 2, Rescue 3, Rehab 2 and Chiefs 1, 3 and 5
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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.

Lakeville Fire Possibly Sparked by Lightning

May 9 – A lightning strike is believed to have caused a Lakeville house fire on Monday morning.

A neighbor reported seeing fire from the roofline of the Glencoe Avenue home. They alerted the residents who evacuated.

Chief 3 and Engine 2 arrived to find smoke showing. Engine 2’s crew stretched a 1 3/4-inch hoselines to the attic and extinguished the fire.

Ladder 4’s crews performed overhaul and checked for extension.

Lakeville Fire Chief Michael Meyer said that the cause of the fire is under investigation by the Lakeville fire marshal.

  • Assignment: Lakeville Engines 2 and 3, Ladders 1 and 4, Rescue 3 and Chiefs 1, 3 and 5.

One Injured in Coon Rapids Rollover

March 6, 2011 Leave a comment
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One person was injured in a rollover accident on Highway 10 in Coon Rapids on Sunday evening as fresh snow fell over the Twin Cities.

Rescues 1 and 2 were dispatched to Highway 10 near Egret Boulevard NW about 9 p.m. and Minnesota State Patrol arrived to find the car down the ditch in the Westbound lanes.

Fire and EMS crews treated the female patient, who was reported to have an alerted level of consciousness. She was carried to the ambulance and transported with unknown injuries.

As this incident was being handled Coon Rapids fire crews were also called to Highway 10 and Foley Boulevard for another accident. They found a property damage accident.

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

Dozens of Crashes on Snow-Slicked Roads

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

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Fire crews around the metro were busy on Monday as steady snow fell, covering roads with wet, slick snow.

Twin Cities Fire Wire reported on a head-on crash involving a tractor trailer in Inver Grove Heights yesterday.

In this photo, St. Paul Squad 1 is on the scene of a single car accident on Interstate 94 under Jackson Street around 10:15 p.m. on Monday. Medic 4 and Ladder 7 also responded to the accident, but no injuries were reported.

Tractor Trailer Crash Traps Driver in Inver Grove Heights

January 11, 2011 Leave a comment

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Inver Grove Heights crews freed a person who was trapped after a head-on collision involving a tractor trailer Monday afternoon.

Firefighters and medics from HealthEast were dispatched to a head-on collision on Robert Trail (Highway 3) at 80th Street at 1:30 p.m. As units went enroute, they were advised that a tractor trailer collided with a vehicle.

Chief 1 found the accident about a mile south of the intersection at a sharp curve. A steady snowfall since morning left the roads filled with slush and slippery.

The force of the collision spun the four-dour SUV around and pinned the female driver.

Firefighters from Inver Grove Heights Rescue 10 and Engine 11 worked for 10 minutes with the cutters and spreaders to free her, according to Fire Chief Judy Thill.

She was packaged and transported by HealthEast to Regions Hospital with leg and arm injuries. The driver of the truck was uninjured.

  • Assignment: Inver Grove Heights Rescue 10, Engine 11, Chiefs 1 and 2 and HealthEast ambulance