Daily Dispatch: Minnesota News
Commercial building burns in Minneapolis
Fri, 21 Feb 2020 05:20:49 -0800
Crews worked for several hours putting down a fire at a commercial building in Minneapolis Friday morning. Calls came in shortly before 5 a.m. reporting the fire on the 3700 block of Washington Avenue North in Minneapolis. Crews arrived and had to work their way through pallets and debris to get to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 5:20:49 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Follow Up: Firefighters conduct more air tests in Becker after plant fire
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 20:00:52 -0800
An emergency response team conducted air tests Thursday evening and "found nothing of immediate concern," according to the Becker Police Department. The fire at Northern Metal Recycling in Becker has been burning since Tuesday morning. Police say members of the Minnesota Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team completed a third round of air tests Thursday night in Becker and Big Lake, after the fire flared and sent more smoke into the air.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 8:00:52 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Minnesota departments dealing with firefighter shortage, working to recruit new members
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:46:24 -0800
Fire departments throughout Minnesota are expressing concern about the dwindling number of people willing to do the job. They presented the issue to state leaders Wednesday, hoping lawmakers could help come up with solutions. "If we don't look at ways to try to draw people in, it's going to be an issue in years to come," said Hopkins Fire Chief Dale Specken.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 3:46:24 PM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Proposal seeks to help firefighters at heightened risk of cancer, heart disease and trauma
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:39:58 -0800
Firefighters could get a little help in their fight against cancer, heart disease and emotional trauma if legislators approve a new Hometown Heroes Assistance Program. Last week the Minnesota House public safety committee held a hearing on the proposal, and Sen. Jeff Howe, R-Rockville, became the chief author of the Senate version of the bill.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 12:39:58 PM - SOURCE: St. Cloud Times
Duluth Fire Department finds several recalled dehumidifiers in use
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 17:01:42 -0800
Duluth Deputy Fire Marshal Jonathan Otis has found 14 recalled dehumidifiers during inspections around the city in the past four months. Now he's trying to prevent potential fires by drawing more attention to the fact that a long list of dehumidifiers were recalled in 2013. "To find that many units in different types of buildings was a wake-up call to me that we need to be telling people about it," Otis said.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 5:01:42 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
Firefighters to separate burning cars from rest of the pile and let Northern Metals fire burn itself out in Becker
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:37:19 -0800
Officials are keeping a close eye on air quality as a fire at the Northern Metal Recycling facility in Becker, Minnesota burns for a second day. Supression efforts continue, but officials say it will take several days to fully extinguish the fire. Wednesday night, officials announced they would separate a portion of the burning vehicle stack and let it burn out.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 6:37:19 PM - SOURCE: fox9
First rescue, then prevention for avoiding grain bin accidents
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 20:12:40 -0800
Dale and Cindy Ekdahl got into the grain bin safety business more than a decade ago. It started, Dale recalls, after a 13-year-old boy died not far from their farm in western Minnesota. The boy had been buried in grain, a common type of accident: Shifting grain inside the bin smothers a person who’s pulled under.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 8:12:40 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
Stearns County the first to map AED's for 911 callers
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 21:50:57 -0800
Any first responder knows in an emergency, time is of the essence. Bruce Bechtold is a former Stearns County deputy. He says cutting minutes or even seconds off response time can make all the difference. That was the case when his cousin Mark suffered a heart attack nearly a decade ago. "Firefighter just happened to be nearby with an AED and shocked him and he's alive today," said Bechtold.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 9:50:57 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
Duluth Fire Department sees record workload in 2019
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 16:58:37 -0800
The agency responded to 13,698 calls last year, up 3.3% from 13,255 in 2018, according to data released by the city Tuesday. It adds to a steady climb during the past decade, with the department first hitting the 10,000 mark in 2013. "We're seeing a lot more increase in our medical calls or other rescue-type calls, more than structure fires," Chief Shawn Krizaj said.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 4:58:37 PM - SOURCE: Duluth News Tribune
Fire at Becker metal recycling plant affecting air quality
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:53:33 -0800
Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker after a fire at a metal recycling plant burned into the evening. A passerby first spotted the fire about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters planned to work through the night Tuesday at the Northern Metals Recycling plant. The city has requested help from the National Guard, the state Pollution Control Agency and health department.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 4:53:33 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
Occupants of 3 units without home after Minneapolis apartment fire
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 04:51:52 -0800
In an update Wednesday morning, the Minneapolis Fire Department reported no one was hurt in a fire at a Minneapolis apartment complex and that the occupants of three units were displaced. Additionally, the fire department reported two cats had died in the fire. Two families lost their homes after a fire at an apartment complex near the intersection of I-35W and E.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 4:51:52 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
Maplewood plan closes fire station; remaining 2 would be more efficient, city says
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 00:00:50 -0800
The City of Maplewood may soon close one of its three fire stations. The suburb of 40,000 residents in Ramsey County has moved toward full-time professional staffing for its fire department and is adjusting its resources. Where it once had five fire stations and relied on part-time firefighters, Maplewood could soon move to two fire stations with its full-time staff.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 12:00:50 AM - SOURCE: Gfnews.theclassifiedsplus
Electrical fire at high-rise office building in Bloomington sends 1 to hospital
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 09:12:24 -0800
An electrical fire in the basement of Southgate Office Plaza in Bloomington, Minnesota left two people injured Monday morning. Bloomington Fire Chief Ulie Seal said the fire was first reported at the high-rise office building on the 5000 block of American Boulevard at 8:20 a.m. The building was quickly evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 9:12:24 AM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
82-Year-Old Freeport Man Dies In House Fire
Sat, 15 Feb 2020 08:13:46 -0800
The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says an 82-year-old man from Freeport has died in a house fire. According to deputies, crews responded to the fire at about 9 a.m. Friday. Someone called it in, reporting smoke coming from the house. Crews said that the home became fully engulfed in flames. Once the fire was out, crews found 82-year-old Harvey Mayers dead inside the residence.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2020 8:13:46 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
'We were like a family there': Community recalls well-known St. Cloud bar destroyed in fire
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 04:49:35 -0800
Tuesday, officials with the St. Cloud Fire Department are expected to give an update on the fire that destroyed a well-known bar Monday. The city's battalion fire chief, Jerry Raymond, confirmed with us that crews were called to the Press Bar and Parlor at about 2:30 a.m. Monday and battled the fire for hours.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 4:49:35 AM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
St. Peter bowling alley burns Sunday morning
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:41:26 -0800
A longtime St. Peter business and community gathering place was reduced to rubble Sunday morning during a fire at KingPins Bowling Center. A state fire marshal was at the fire site at 1671 S. 3rd St. later in the day, and the cause remains under investigation, according to the St. Peter Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2020 6:41:26 PM - SOURCE: Mankato Free Press
Firefighters rescue 2 dogs from Forest Lake house fire, but 1 dies from injuries
Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:35:29 -0800
Firefighters in Forest Lake, Minnesota say two dogs were safely rescued from a house fire Saturday night and another dog died Sunday morning. According to officials, firefighters responded to a structure fire at about 7 p.m. Saturday. No one was inside, but there were three dogs inside at the time.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2020 6:35:29 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
State Lawmakers consider boosting firefighters' health care coverage
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:26:43 -0800
State lawmakers are considering a plan that would boost health care coverage for firefighters who deal with job-related health care issues. The Hometown Heroes Assistance Program would provide an additional $7.2 million for additional health care coverage for the 22,000 firefighters in the state. The bill has bipartisan support and would address unique job-related health challenges for firefighters, including mental health care, cardiac issues and cancer.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 5:26:43 PM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11
1 taken to hospital after jumping from St. Paul apartment due to fire
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 17:01:53 -0800
One person has been taken to the hospital after they jumped from the third floor of a St. Paul apartment complex when a fire broke out, according to St. Paul Fire Deputy Chief Roy Mokosso. Mokosso says there was a small fire in a third floor apartment in the 600 block of Lafayette Road. Before firefighters arrived, one person jumped from the third floor, falling about 20 feet.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 5:01:53 PM - SOURCE: KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities
Follow Up: As officials investigate Lake Minnetonka house fire, homeowner grateful for firefighters, lack of injuries
Thu, 13 Feb 2020 21:04:26 -0800
The massive flames could be seen rolling through the large home on the northeast side of Lake Minnetonka just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, with smoke billowing high into the sky. Firefighters battled extreme cold and wind trying to put it out. "It was just huge," Wayzata Volunteer Fire Chief Kevin Klapprich recalls.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 9:04:26 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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