Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Roseville fire chief asks for $1M to hire 9 more firefighters
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 17:59:51 -0800
The Roseville Fire Department got two calls the day after Christmas, one right after the other. It was a scenario Chief Tim O’Neill had been dreading since the department started winnowing its larger part-time staff in favor of fewer full-timers. Technically, he was on vacation, as was one of his full-timers, leaving him with four firefighters on duty to cover two possible structure fires.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:59:51 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
State Grants Help 73 Minnesota Fire Departments Stay Safe & Clean
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 23:53:19 -0800
Firefighters face dangerous risks every time they respond to a call, but the danger is so much more than the obvious. “This is the room where we store our protective clothing,” explains Fridley Fire Chief John Berg. He understands that smoke, noxious fumes and hazardous materials contaminate their heavy clothing known as turnout gear.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 11:53:19 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Firefighters Battle House Fire In Hugo; None Hurt
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 06:09:52 -0800
Firefighters from multiple agencies battled a house fire Wednesday night in the north metro. Washington County officials say crews responded to the fire shortly after 8 p.m. at a home on the 1200 block of Falcon Avenue in Hugo. No one was hurt in the fire. The home, however, sustained significant damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 6:09:52 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Historic Ellsworth City Hall catches fire, nearby school cancels classes
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:52:09 -0800
An historic building that housed the Ellsworth City Hall for more than a century was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, Jan. 15. Firefighters from nine departments battled the fire in the city of about 470 people, which produced billows of thick smoke from its windows and doors. The building was later demolished using heavy equipment.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 8:52:09 AM - SOURCE: Bemidji Pioneer
Grand Rapids firefighters receive bugle badges
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:11:00 -0800
Four Grand Rapids firefighters were promoted Monday, Jan. 14 with a pinning ceremony at the start of the Grand Rapids City Council’s first meeting of the new year. As Fire Chief Travis Cole explained, a slate of new officers were appointed last month due to recent retirements of past Fire Chief Mike Leibel and First Assistant Chief Bryan Zuehlke.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:11:00 AM - SOURCE: Grand Rapids Herald-Review
Fundraiser supports firefighter with cancer in Ramsey
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 09:03:25 -0800
The Ramsey Fire Department is putting on a fundraiser for one of its own who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Andover Pizza Ranch, firefighters will serve and bus tables while 10 percent of sales in the dining room, deliveries and carryout will go to Assistant Chief Bart Hayft.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 9:03:25 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Off-duty St. Paul firefighter admits threatening 9-year-old who sprayed him with cleaning product
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:11:25 -0800
An off-duty St. Paul firefighter was looking at a lottery ticket inside a gas station in St. Paul last spring when he felt something spray him from behind, he said in court. He turned around and saw a 9-year-old boy holding a spray bottle of glass and surface cleaner. That’s when he lost his temper, Kevin Lagos told a Ramsey County district judge Monday.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 2:11:25 PM - SOURCE: TwinCities.com
Virginia Apartment Fire Displaces Several People
Sun, 13 Jan 2019 23:06:57 -0800
The Virginia Fire Department told the Northland Fire Wire several people have been displaced from an apartment building following a fire on Sunday afternoon. Crews were called to the fire in the Ivy Manor Apartments on First Street North around 4:30. The Virginia Fire Department told The Northland Fire Wire the building's sprinkler system contained the fire to one apartment.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 11:06:57 PM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Maple Grove Lions, firefighters team up with food baskets for needy families
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:48:03 -0800
The Maple Grove Lions and Maple Grove Firefighters Relief Association (MGFFRA) joined forces at one of the fire stations to assemble food baskets for those in need in the community and surrounding area this past December. This was the two group’s 38th year of putting this together. A total of 156 needy families were treated to a generous supply of food and staples for the holidays, worth around $200 per basket.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 2:48:03 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Brainerd firefighters respond to early morning fire
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 03:37:33 -0800
Brainerd firefighters got an early morning wake up call Thursday, Jan. 10, when smoke was reported on the 800 block of Willow Street in Brainerd. The fire department was paged to the south Brainerd address at 3:58 a.m. Upon investigation, firefighters located a small fire in the attic of the home. Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes said crews removed the ceiling in a laundry room to get to the flames and tore out insulation to ensure the fire had not expanded beyond its initial area.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 3:37:33 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
No injuries reported in Eagan car fire
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 14:49:46 -0800
Firefighters were called Thursday morning to a car fire in Eagan. According to fire officials, the fire occurred on the 3400 block of Eagandale Place. No one was injured, and the fire was extinguished successfully.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 2:49:46 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Inver Grove Heights Fire Chief: 'Houses burn faster, materials burn faster and houses collapse faster'
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:08:32 -0800
Winter is a time to be extra vigilant at home as more fires happen during the cold months than any other time of year. What your home is made of and what’s inside of it, could make things a lot more dangerous for you. Fire officials say the way some of the newer houses are designed, or even remodeled, can impact how fast they burn.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 10:08:32 PM - SOURCE: Fox9
‘We Have To Deliver On Public Safety’: Roseville Fire Dept. Low On Firefighters
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 20:05:13 -0800
Several times a day, a Twin Cities fire department does not have a crew immediately ready to respond to an emergency. The Roseville Fire Department is hoping to add more full time staff to fill that gap. but it’s going to take hundreds of thousands of dollars — and approval from council members. During WCCO-TV’s visit on Monday afternoon, a two-man crew had just returned from a medical call.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 8:05:13 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Fire Explorer Program in Truman Offers Unique Opportunity
Wed, 09 Jan 2019 14:27:01 -0800
Truman Fire Department is offering a unique opportunity for those in the community ages 14-21 that gives them hands-on experience as a firefighter. The Fire Explorer program is run through the Boy Scouts of America and is a youth-led program with the firefighters acting as advisers. "I think the big thing is, is it shows the kids that it's not all about fighting the fire, responding to emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 1/9/2019 2:27:01 PM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
Department of Public Safety: 47 percent drop in Minnesota fire deaths in 2018
Thu, 10 Jan 2019 08:25:02 -0800
Fire deaths in Minnesota decreased last year, according to a preliminary report released Thursday. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 36 people died in fires in 2018, which marks a 47 percent drop from 68 deaths in 2017. Currently, 2018 saw the fewest fire deaths since 2009, when there were 35 deaths, the DPS reported.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2019 8:25:02 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Fire destroys Chaska pavilion, arson suspected
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:29:24 -0800
An arson investigation is underway after a popular pavilion in Chaska went up in flames on the shore of Lake Grace early Tuesday morning. In an instant, neighbors found a local landmark they had grown to love was gone. “I looked out the window and the place was completely engulfed,” said Dan Witte, a Chaska resident.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 3:29:24 PM - SOURCE: fox9
Firefighters Respond To Apartment Fire In Mankato
Tue, 08 Jan 2019 04:41:11 -0800
No one is injured after an apartment unit catches fire last night in Mankato. Firefighters were called to Glenwood Terrace Apartments around 6:45 last night on a report of a grease fire on the third floor of one of the buildings. Witnesses say a resident was making popcorn on the stovetop when the fire began.
- PUB DATE: 1/8/2019 4:41:11 AM - SOURCE: KEYC-TV Fox 12 Mankato
St. Paul fire: 'Tough night' for family, community after 1 found dead in house fire
Sun, 06 Jan 2019 16:39:29 -0800
St. Paul Fire Department is investigating a fire that left one person dead early Sunday morning. Firefighters got the call around midnight that a family was trapped in an upstairs unit of the Etna Woods Townhomes on the city's east side. "When I took a first look at the building, I felt hurt and really nervous about it," said Eugene Perkins, who witnessed the aftermath.
- PUB DATE: 1/6/2019 4:39:29 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Clear Lake: Family Loses Barn to Fire
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 04:29:30 -0800
A family is dealing with the aftermath of a huge barn fire on Saturday morning. Clear Lake firefighters say they responded to a call of a fire on Saturday, just north of the city, past the municipal airport. Homeowners said they tried to control the fire before crews arrived but did not succeed. Once on the scene, firefighters said they saw the barn was fully engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 4:29:30 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Garage and contents lost in Sylvan Township fire
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 06:55:51 -0800
A neighbor saw flames and warned a homeowner Sunday night, Jan. 6, in Sylvan Township that his garage was on fire. The detached wooden garage and its contents were a total loss, Pillager Area Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Tom Youngblom said. No one was injured. Youngblom said crews made sure the home wasn't damaged from the nearby garage fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/7/2019 6:55:51 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch