The Twin Cities Fire Service in the News – June 25

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Eagan’s New Safety Center/Fire Station In The News

The new fire safety center/Station 2 received a ton of news coverage this week when it had a grand opening and dedication. The $8.1 million building combined two fire stations into one, has several training features and is features green construction. Find more coverage here: Eagan Patch, Pioneer Press, This Week Newspapers

Final Interview With Richfield Chief Sveum

Richfield Fire Chief Brad Sveum talks with Richfield Patch’s Caitlin Burgess about 38 years in the fire service. Sveum, who retires this month, reflects on 29 year in Richfield and shares his most memorable moments. Read the interview here.

Brooklyn Center Receives Grant for Thermal Imager

The Brooklyn Center Fire Department has a new thermal imaging camera after receiving a $9,800 grant from the Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company. According to the Minnesota Sun Newspapers, the department’s current cameras are 15 and 17 years old. You can read the full story here.

Photographer Documents Live Burn in Lakeville

Lakeville Patch’s Paige Andrews photographed the fire department as they participated in a recent live fire training exercise at the ABLE joint training center in Burnsville. Check out the photos here.

There’s a New Fire Marshal in Town: Mendota Heights

Veteran firefighter Jim Lee was recently appointed fire marshal in Mendota Heights. According to the Mendota Heights Patch, Lee was a firefighter in West St. Paul and is now responsible for enforcing fire codes and conducting building inspections. Read the story here.

Fridley Police Beat Fire in Softball Matchup

The Fridley Police Department defeated the fire department with a 12-5 win in Friday night’s ’49er Days softball game. Fridley Patch reports that this was the first time the teams played each other in more than 20 years. Read the story and see the photos here.

Golden Valley Recruitment Drive

More than 20 people attended the first of three recruitment drives for the Golden Valley Fire Department. Check out Golden Valley Patch’s story and photos here.

St. Louis Park Fire Station Demolished

Construction crews demolished 40-year-old St. Louis Park Fire Station 1 recently. A video from St. Louis Park Patch shows the work underway and the website reports that it’s the first step in the construction of a new $15.5 million fire station.

Boy Scouts Learn About Fire from Stillwater Firefighters

Stillwater Patch covered an event where boy scouts were given a. Click here to see the photos.

See something that we’ve missed? Send an e-mail to TwinCitiesFireWire@yahoo.com and we’ll look into it.

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Oakdale Crews Tackle Unoccupied House Fire

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June 24 – Oakdale firefighters battled a smoky dwelling fire on Friday evening.

Crews were called to the 6200 block of 43rd Street N. around 8 p.m. for a report of smoke coming from the home.

When fire units arrived they reported smoke showing from the front door and eaves of the two-story, split level home.

Firefighters stretched a 1 3/4-inch line from Engine 98 to knock down the fire and a water supply was secured from a hydrant in the front yard. A backup line was stretched to the front door of the home.

Chief Jeff Anderson said the fire was a room and contents fire, contained to a bedroom.

The fire was placed under control in about 15 minutes.

Crews cleared the scene about 10 p.m.

  • Assignment: Engine 98, Ladders 87 and 97

Fire Damages Garage in Frogtown

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June 22 – Fire damaged a garage in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.

Around 5:30 p.m. units were called to the corner of Marion Street and University Avenue for a detached garage fire.

The dispatcher came back, saying that several 9-1-1 calls were received and that police officers found the fire on Aurora Avenue near Marion.

Engine 18 found heavy smoke showing from a one-car garage.

According to scanner traffic, Engine 18 stretched a pre-connect and Squad 1 took a backup hoseline.

Engine 22 was assigned to water supply and Ladder 18 opened the structure.

The fire was placed under control in about 10 minutes.

  • Assignment: Engines 18 and 22, Ladder 18, Squad 1 and Chief 2

Firefighters Battle House Fire In Linwood

June 22, 2011 Leave a comment

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June 22 – Firefighters from the North metro worked to contain a house fire in Linwood Wednesday afternoon.

Linwood Firefighters were dispatched to the 6900 block of 225th Lane around 12:30 p.m. The initial caller reported smoke in the area, a possible dwelling fire.

While responding, Linwood Captain 11 reported a smoke column and requested mutual aid from Wyoming and East Bethel Fire Departments.

Upon arrival Linwood Captain 11 reported the dwelling was well involved.

Crews deployed handlines, set up a drop tank and quickly knocked down the main body of fire. Crews remained on scene to perform extensive overhaul.

Firefighters from East Bethel and Wyoming assisted Linwood with fire suppression and water supply operations.

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

St. Paul Firefighter Falls Down Elevator Shaft at Brewery Fire

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June 21 – A St. Paul firefighter suffered minor injuries after falling down an elevator shaft at Stroh’s Brewery on Tuesday night. He was battling one of two fires in the vacant complex.

Fire crews were called to the complex, at 707 E. Minnehaha Ave.,  just before 9 p.m. for a lightning strike with smoke showing from the complex.

Engine 4 arrived to find smoke showing from a two-story building on the Southwest side of the facility. Firefighters found  rubbish burning and quickly contained the smoky fire.

Shortly after that was knocked down, crews found smoke coming from a four-story building across the alley, Chief Tim Butler told Twin Cities Fire Wire.

Command requested two additional engines to assist with water supply and additional personnel. Crews had to stretch several hundred feet of hose from the street to the fire buildings.

When crews forced their way inside the building, they found heavy smoke on all floors. Crews began opening up the building from the exterior to perform ventilation.

As firefighters searched for the seat of the fire a veteran firefighter fell about 15 feet down an elevator shaft.

He was removed from the shaft and was examined at the scene. He suffered minor cuts and bruises and was taken to the hospital for further examination.

“We were very lucky tonight,” Butler said after the fire was out. “This could have been a whole lot worse.”

Firefighters continued to search for the fire. It was located in the basement and was brought under control.

As heavy rain pushed through the metro area, St. Paul firefighters packed up several hundred feet of hose while the other crews evacuated the smoke from the building.

Crews remained on scene until 11 p.m. and investigators are looking into the cause of the fires.

St. Paul firefighters battled a fire on the roof of Stroh’s on June 9.

  • Assignment: Engine 4, 7, 22, Ladder 7, Squad 1, Chief 3. RIT Assignment: Engine 8/Medic 8, Ladder 18, Squad 3, Medic 18, Ladder 8. Special Called: Engines 15 and 24 and Ladder 10 with the Air Trailer

Minor Injuries in St. Paul Porch Failure

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June 21 – Several people were injured when the front porch of a St. Paul home collapsed on Tuesday evening.

St. Paul fire crews were dispatched to the 800 block of Fuller Avenue just before 6 p.m. for a reported porch fire. The dispatcher updated the responding units, saying that a porch had collapsed and several people were involved.

Engine and Ladder 18 arrived to find several women who dropped about six feet when the floor of the porch failed on in front of the dwelling. They fell into a void area below.

The barbeque that was being used caught some of the damaged lumber on fire, but the damage was minor.

Firefighters used a ladder to extricate the women from the hole.

Medic 8 transported a pregnant female to a local hospital for further examination.

  • Assignment: Engines 18, 5, 8, Ladder 18, Squad 2, Chief 2, Medic 8

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