Minnesota News

Monday, December 17, 2018

1 Killed In Rice Camper Fire

Authorities say they found one person dead Friday morning after three campers parked at the Janski Garage in Rice caught fire. After arriving at the scene on Division Street North around 9 a.m., firefighters extinguished the fire and found one adult victim. The cause of the fire and manner of death are currently under investigation. No additional information is available at this time, but police do not believe the incident poses any danger to the public.

St. Cloud residents remember gas explosion 20 years later

December 1998 was unseasonably mild. That meant crews installing fiber-optic cable in St. Cloud were able to work longer into the season because the ground wasn't yet frozen. So when a crew installing a utility pole anchor on the south side of First Street North in downtown St. Cloud on Dec. 11, 1998 encountered a problem, it wasn't frozen dirt. It was a large granite slab hidden under the sidewalk. When the anchor hit that slab 20 years ago, it bent and its tip ruptured a gas pipeline. St. Cloud would never be the same. The crew immediately noticed dirt blowing out of the hole in the sidewalk and began to smell gas. The crew's foreman called his supervisor and the crew blocked off the area. But the utility company and fire department were not immediately notified so they did not arrive as quickly as they could have.

Home Destroyed by Fire in Clinton Township

Firefighters battled a large house fire in Clinton Township on Baker Road Sunday. Crews from six different Iron Range departments responded to the scene just before 5 p.m. The homeowner noticed smoke and flames and called 911. When firefighters arrived on scene they found the homeowners still inside attempting to remove personal belongings. The homeowners were checked by medical personnel for smoke inhalation and were treated on scene. The house is a total loss, but no injuries have been reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
KQDS-TV Fox 21

Friday, December 14, 2018

Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association Receives Local Government Innovation Award

The Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association in Partnership with the Ramsey County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) are thrilled to announce the receiving of the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs 2018 Award for Innovation and Collaboration. The Ramsey County Fire Chief’s Association and Ramsey County ECC were recognized as a Leading Innovator of the 2018 Local Government Innovation Award in the City Category. The award was presented for the County wide “Closest Unit Dispatching Project”. The “Closest Unit Dispatching Project” is designed to break down geographical boundaries to allow the “customer” the closest and quickest service to emergencies involving structure fires and those suffering a cardiac arrest. The program is based on a very simple concept.
Ramsey County Fire Chiefs Association

Cross-country skier falls through ice, but St. Paul firefighters were prepared

Less than two hours after St. Paul firefighters completed ice rescue training this month, they were called upon to put their practice into action. A cross-country skier fell through the ice on McCarrons Lake in Roseville, and St. Paul firefighters got him to safety. “The new firefighter who actually went in the water to effect the rescue, he said the training that day was the first time he had been in the water with the ice rescue suit doing those maneuvers,” said Tom McDonough, St. Paul deputy fire chief of training. As St. Paul firefighters go through ice rescue training this year, they’re learning about a new way to help people. The fire department is beginning to use the ARM-LOC, a piece of equipment invented by Connie Sylvester of Duluth, Minn.

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