Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Overnight fire destroys Rochester mobile home
Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:32:58 -0700
Rochester firefighters were called to a mobile home fire overnight. The fire broke out around 3 a.m. Wednesday at Zumbro Ridge Estates off Broadway Avenue North. Crews responded to a call of a home engulfed in flames. No one was in the residence at the time. There were no hydrants on scene, but firefighters were able to get the blaze under control with the use of their tankers.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2018 3:32:58 AM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
Crews extinguish car fire in Mall of America parking ramp
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:48:40 -0700
Firefighters have quickly contained a car fire in a parking ramp at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Assistant Bloomington Fire Chief Jay Forster says two cars caught fire and a third was damaged on the fourth level of the mall's west parking ramp Tuesday afternoon. Forster says crews were on the scene within minutes after the fire broke out around 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:48:40 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
House Fire in Le Sueur County Under Investigation
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:51:25 -0700
A house fire in Le Sueur County left charred pieces of rubble in an empty lot early Tuesday. The incident happened in the city of Montgomery at about 2:15 a.m. Firefighters were at the scene working to extinguish the fire and any remaining hotspots. First responders were also at the scene to administer any aid necessary.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:51:25 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
$5,000 reward for information on arson in Faribault investigation offered
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:45:31 -0700
A $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for a fire and theft south of Faribault is being offered. The suspect(s) stole tools from an enclosed trailer and set the trailer, located in the 3000 block of 260th St. West on fire. The location was at a cell phone tower site.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:45:31 AM - SOURCE: SouthernMinn.com
Fire Burns Garage in West Duluth
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 22:29:34 -0700
A garage fire Monday afternoon in West Duluth sent smoke billowing into the sky and injured a firefighter. Firefighters responded to the call around 3 p.m. to a residence at 435 N. 79th Ave. West. When they arrived at the scene, they found the garage fully engulfed in flames with the roof collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 10:29:34 PM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV Fox 21
Crookston man suspected of setting his house on fire
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:26:37 -0700
More serious charges, including arson, are expected against a Crookston man, who is in custody after a house fire was reported early Thursday in Jerome’s Addition and, according to police, he acted in disorderly fashion and obstructed them when law enforcement, firefighters and ambulance personnel arrived.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 1:26:37 PM - SOURCE: Crookston Daily Times
Fire services looking for a few good women
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:03:06 -0700
Krista Diedrich is a loan officer by day, but she dreams of becoming a volunteer firefighter at night and on weekends. She was one of 17 recruits to turn out for the June 23 Women’s Fire Service Expo hosted by the Elk River Fire Department and the Minnesota Fire Chief’s Association, and she was among the most eager to give each of the expo’s work stations a shot.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 6:03:06 AM - SOURCE: HometownSource
Crews Make Quick Work Of House Fire In North Minneapolis
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 09:32:21 -0700
Minneapolis firefighters knocked down a house fire early Saturday morning on the city’s north side. The Minneapolis Fire Department says crews were called shortly after midnight to a fire at a home on the 3400 block of Knox Avenue North, in the Folwell Neighborhood. Firefighters quickly knocked down the flames.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 9:32:21 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
Fire Destroys Building at Mendota Heights Country Club
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:06:07 -0700
Crews were at the scene of a fire in Mendota Heights early Friday morning. Firefighters responded to the scene at the Mendakota Country Club after receiving a call about the fire at 4:30 a.m. The Minnesota Fire Marshal is working to determine what caused the fire. The Mendota Heights assistant fire chief reported the fire started in a building next to the clubhouse that was being used for storage.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 5:06:07 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Mother, daughter killed when 800-pound boulder fell off truck, smashed their car; driver in custody: Police
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:17:16 -0700
A mother and daughter died when a roughly 800-pound boulder fell off a truck and smashed into their car, and now that truck driver is in custody, according to police. Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving with her daughter, Jena Christiansen, 32, in Rosemount, Minnesota, Monday afternoon when the massive boulder dislodged from the back of the truck and crashed into their 2002 Toyota Avalon, the Rosemount Police Department said.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 11:17:16 AM - SOURCE: abcnews.go.com
Lightning Strikes Church in Piedmont; Causes Fire
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:33:16 -0700
A church in the Piedmont neighborhood of Duluth suffered an estimated $75,000 in damage in a fire caused by a lightning strike. The Duluth Fire Department says it happened at Christ Lutheran Church on Ensign Street, around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Carolyn Lofald, the president of the church, heard the strike from her home a few blocks away.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 10:33:16 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Dodge County home likely destroyed after overnight fire
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 05:39:33 -0700
A single-story house sustains major damage after an overnight fire in rural Dodge County. The owner of the home called to report the fire just after midnight Friday morning, according to authorities on scene. The home is located at 67523 270th Avenue, between Byron and Kasson, south of Highway 14. First responders arrived to find the people inside the home already out.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 5:39:33 AM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
Crosslake: Council OKs study to evaluate emergency services, city hall facilities
Thu, 12 Jul 2018 04:46:02 -0700
Crosslake is making safety a top priority with a $23,000 space needs study for fire, police and city administrative facilities. The city council agreed at its Monday, July 9, meeting to hire Five Bugles Design, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to do the study. Police Chief Erik Lee said he and Fire Chief Chip Lohmiller settled on Five Bugles after investigating architectural firms, which they were instructed to do at a May 29 special council meeting where discussion centered around updating the emergency services facilities.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2018 4:46:02 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
Albert Lea Fire Department Awarded Grant for Equipment and Training
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:38:44 -0700
It’s an accident that happens much too often on the farm. But one area fire department is about to get the equipment and expertise to help keep an accident from becoming a tragedy. "The grain just keeps squeezing all the time, and every little bit it can get it will not give back," Mower County FSA director Kirk Phelps said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 5:38:44 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Car crashes into West Duluth home
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:33:58 -0700
A driver smashed into the front porch of a home around 3:48 p.m. Wednesday at 4216 Grand Ave. Capt. Matt Johnson of Duluth Fire-Rescue said the weight of the porch overhang was being supported by a single beam after the incident. "I thought the house got hit by lightning. The whole house shook," tenant Joe John said.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 5:33:58 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
Firefighters, Sheriff's deputies respond to fire call in Dodge Center
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:47:50 -0700
First responders converged on the McNeilus facility along highway 34, also known as Highway Street East before 9 p.m. Tuesday. We don't yet have official word on what ignited or if there are any injuries. The Dodge County Sheriff's office told KTTC there would be more information Wednesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 9:47:50 PM - SOURCE: KTTC-TV Rochester
Person struck, killed by train in Brainerd
Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A person was struck and killed by a BNSF Railway train during the early morning hours Wednesday, July 11, near Southeast 13th Street in Brainerd, railroad officials reported. The fatality was reported about 2:35 a.m. The fatality was confirmed in an email statement from Amy McBeth, BNSF Railway spokeswoman.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Dispatch
Sprinkler code still simmering in Alexandria
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 03:07:00 -0700
Alexandria City Council member Todd Jensen said the council's decision whether to repeal a section of city code that requires stricter installations of sprinkler systems than the state building code boils down to saving lives or saving contractors a few bucks. The issue will have to boil a little longer.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 3:07:00 AM - SOURCE: Alexandria Echo Press
Trailer House Destroyed after Fire in Duluth; Two People Injured
Tue, 10 Jul 2018 04:59:05 -0700
Two people were injured Monday night after a trailer house fire in Duluth. The Duluth Fire Department says they responded to the incident at Greenbriar Drive at 11:13 p.m. Crews arrived to find a trailer home fully involved. They began dousing the flames and the department says they were able to efficiently knock down the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/10/2018 4:59:05 AM - SOURCE: WDIO-TV & WIRT-TV
Lessons Learned from Long-Time Rochester Fire Chief
Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:35:52 -0700
Long-time Rochester Fire Chief Ollie Mertz, who died in May, left behind quite a legacy. His policies and personality shaped Rochester. Ollive served 43 years on the Rochester Fire Department. "He worked very hard, and Mom was the inspiration behind him,” said Ollie’s son, Greg Mertz. "He'd say 'I love you' more than anything.
- PUB DATE: 7/9/2018 5:35:52 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

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