Minnesota News

Friday, May 29, 2020

Rioters set Minneapolis police precinct on fire as protests reignite over George Floyd’s death

Mayor Jacob Frey said he made the call to evacuate police officers from the 3rd Precinct before rioters set the building on fire Thursday night as protests continued to boil over in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd. Police said officers were able to safely evacuate as rioters breached the perimeter and started a fire that spread through the building. Shortly after, city officials warned protesters to move from the building after receiving reports that gas lines may have been cut. They urged people to move away from the building. In a tweet, Mayor Jacob Frey said the fire department is working to respond to the fires that have been set. However, he added, "We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area."
KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis

Fire damaged two homes in West Duluth

Fire damaged two homes in West Duluth on Thursday afternoon. The fire at 101 South 64th Avenue West, near Grand Avenue, was reported at 2:37 p.m. The Duluth Fire Department said no one was home at the time and there were no injuries. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames, limiting damage to exterior cladding, the soffit, and some limited interior areas. The fire department estimated the monetary cost of the fire to be $20,000 for the structure. The fire also damaged the exterior of the home next door at 105 South 64th Avenue West. Damages to exterior aluminum cladding and gutters on this residence was estimated at $3,000. The cause of the fire is stil under investigation.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Incident Report: Medics Worked On ‘Unresponsive, Pulseless’ George Floyd After Minneapolis Arrest

An incident report by the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD) is shedding more light on what occurred in George Floyd’s fatal arrest. Released by the city Wednesday, the report describes confusion as the fire department responded to the scene to assist medical personnel. Before arriving, the only information the fire crew had was that Floyd, called “pt” in the report, had trauma to his mouth. Fire Station 17 of Minneapolis then arrived at Cup Foods to multiple police squads on scene and a small crowd of citizens. The report says while MFD attempted to locate Floyd, several people told them that the police “had killed the man.” There was no clear info on Floyd’s whereabouts from either initial police officers or bystanders. The report says MFD was finally able to locate an officer inside the store, who told them that Hennepin Healthcare medics loaded Floyd into an ambulance and left the scene.

Related: Minneapolis Fire Department responded to 30 intentionally set fires during overnight protests

The Minneapolis Fire Department says it responded to approximately 30 intentionally set fires overnight Wednesday through Thursday morning that began during the protests along East Lake Street over the death of George Floyd. Citing 911 calls, the department said at least 16 of those fires were structure fires set during the protests. Crews are still on the scene of fires on East Lake Street Thursday morning. The aftermath of the fire showed an AutoZone store and an in-construction apartment building were both burned to the ground. While nobody was injured as a result of the fire, firefighters or civilians, the department had some of its equipment suffer damage from rocks and other projectiles being thrown by protesters.
KMSP-TV FOX 9 Minneapolis

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