Minnesota News

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

North St. Paul Firefighter Describes Catching Baby Dropped from Balcony During Fire

"I heard a call for help, scanned the building and saw a dad coming out with his baby," North St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Dustin Kalis said. The video captured what is hard to imagine doing, and that's dropping your three-month-old baby off a second-story balcony. But a North St. Paul dad said it was his only option. The two were asleep Sunday afternoon when her crying woke him up. He says by that time, there was too much smoke in the hallway of his apartment complex, so he knew to save her life, he'd have to drop her down to fire fighters. Kalis said there was no time to react. "He came out, baby in arms. I got underneath and said let her go, we're ready, he dropped her, I caught her, passed her off to another firefighter to check her out, and then he made his way down as we coached him down from the balcony as well," Kalis described.
KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin

Wildfire burns quickly through pines near Nisswa

Weather turned fast in the Brainerd lakes area, going from snowstorm season to fire season. Snow cover took a beating over the weekend with temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Monday's high reached 70 degrees—resulting in perfect conditions for fires. And fire season indeed arrived, as flames and smoke moved rapidly through a row of pine trees and grasses Monday afternoon along Crow Wing County Highway 4, burning close to 20 acres in Lake Edward Township, east of Nisswa. The wildfire was reported at 2:46 p.m. Monday and firefighters from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Nisswa, Mission, Pequot Lakes and Crosslake fire departments worked together to extinguish the fire. It was contained shortly after firefighters' arrival. Authorities closed down a portion of County Highway 4 from Resort Road and County Road 118 to give firefighters space to work as the fire was close to the highway.
Brainerd Daily Dispatch

Monday, April 23, 2018

Dramatic Rescue in North St. Paul Apartment Fire as Baby Tossed to Safety from 2nd-Story

At least 10 units are damaged in a North St. Paul apartment building after a fire Sunday. No one was injured, but a baby was tossed from a second-floor balcony to a firefighter, and another person had to jump from the same balcony for safety, according to fire officials. The fire started in a first-level apartment on the 2000 block of 7th Avenue East and spread to the second- and third-floor units above it, the fire department reports. Sharon Stagg told 5 Eyewitness News she had to run from her first-floor apartment to get away from the smoke which she could see coming from the backside of her apartment building. "It was pretty scary to hear the alarms going off and see people running down the hall," Stagg said. "By the time I got outside, we could see the black smoke coming from the back of the building and I figured it was on fire."
KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul

Fire destroys Virginia house; two injured

Two people were injured in a fire that destroyed a three-story house in Virginia on Saturday afternoon. The Virginia Fire Department responded to a call of a house on fire on the 500 block of 8½ Street shortly before 1 p.m. Saturday. The house had a large amount of flames on the main floor when fire crews arrived, Virginia Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Poffs said. Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis told WDIO-TV that the house was a total loss. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. The occupants were out of the home when fire crews arrived. Two residents were transported to Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic for possible smoke inhalation and heat injuries, Poffs said. The American Red Cross is assisting three adults and three dogs following the fire.
Duluth News Tribune

Minneapolis firefighters contain fire at Loring Station Post Office

Minneapolis firefighters responded to a fire at the Loring Station Post Office at 18 12th Street North, late Saturday night. Callers reported black smoke coming from the building at approximately 11 p.m., but no employees or customers were in the building when the fire started. Due to the fire, the Loring Station has been temporarily closed until repairs can be made, a USPS press release said. Delivery, caller service and retail operations will be temporarily relocated to the Main Post Office at 100 S. 1st Street in Minneapolis. The press release also said P.O. Box mail will be moved to the Butler Quarter Station at 100 N. 6th Street, Suite 120B.
KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities

Goodhue: Firefighters train to extinguish fires faster by burning donated house

Firefighters from Rochester, Cannon Falls, and Goodhue gained some experience today about how to put out fires quickly, since fires burn faster from certain materials homes and buildings are made with. Not to worry, there was no one inside. The owner donated the home to the Goodhue Fire Department so they can train younger firefighters. Goodhue Fire Chief Dustin Luhman said the owner had planned rebuild the home from scratch It's also to promote the national Close Before You Doze campaign. "If you can block off the fire and keep doors closed, then we don;t have to worry about when things are open. It travels through that," said Chief Luhman. "Even a hollow core door, which is very light but it still stops the movement of the fire from one room to the next." New research by Underwriters Laboratories shows that people have about three minutes to escape a house fire safely. That's down from 17 minutes just 40 years ago.
KXLT-TV Fox 47 Rochester

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