A boutique hotel and restaurant in downtown Minneapolis was evacuated Thursday morning after the building started on fire.
Crews were dispatched to the Canopy Hotel at 708 3rd Street South around 8:15 a.m. after callers reported smoke and a suspected fire. Responding firefighters found smoke and eventually flames in the space between the first floor of the hotel and the basement. Crews had to open up the basement ceiling to get to the flames, which caused officials on scene to declare a second alarm. The fire was considered under control around 9 a.m.
While an official cause has not been determined, a fire official on scene tells KARE 11 that there has been some construction work on the site, and heat generated busting through concrete may have heated up the wooden timbers enough that a smoldering fire started.
The hotel-restaurant was evacuated during the fire. No one was injured.
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Matt Nelson originally planned to pursue a career in computer programming after high school.
Those plans took a large turn when he decided to check out a Fire Explorer Program in 2004, which is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, after graduating from Eastview High School in Apple Valley in 2002.
“I was 18 or 19; I joined that for about a year. I decided this was something I wanted to do,” Nelson recalled.
Fast forward to 2019, and Nelson is now the second in command at the Apple Valley Fire Department. The Apple Valley City Council approved hiring Nelson as the next deputy fire chief on May 9, and he started the position on May 14. He filled a vacancy left by Chuck Russell when he was promoted to fire chief in March.
“I’m very happy the city had enough confidence in me to promote me to that position. I’ve had nothing but great compliments or words of encouragement from the firefighters that they’re happy I was given the position, or that I was a good fit,” he said.
June is typically one of northern Minnesota’s wettest month, but that hasn’t proven to be the case so far this year— and that has helped elevate fire danger across virtually all of northern Minnesota. Indeed, high winds and warm temperatures this past weekend prompted the National Weather Service to issue a critical fire danger advisory on June 8.
No serious fires were reported over the weekend, although fire crews did extinguish an eight-acre wildfire near Gunsten Lake, located about two miles northeast of the junction of Hwy. 1 and Hwy. 2, in Lake County. That fire was reported by aerial reconnaissance.
Spring fire danger typically all but vanishes once the fields and forests green up in the North Country, but the lack of normal rainfall has kept fire dangers elevated well into June this year.
A race started in New York in honor of a firefighter who died responding to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is coming to Apple Valley.
The first Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Twin Cities is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Apple Valley High School, 14450 Hayes Road in Apple Valley.
The proceeds benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit that builds mortgage-free smart homes for catastrophically injured military service members; supports families of fallen law enforcement, firefighters and emergency workers and provides mortgage-free homes to surviving spouses of fallen military members with children.
The nonprofit also has a mission to honor “the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001,” according to its website.
The first Tunnel to Towers 5K was started in 2002 in New York with 1,500 people. Now, over 50 Tunnel to Towers races and tower climbs are held around the country.
On Thursday, just after 11 p.m., authorities were dispatched to the 71000 block of County Road 46 for a light on in a garage at an unoccupied house, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office.
However, when authorities arrived on scene, they found the attached garage on fire.
According to the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office, an initial investigation shows that the house was unoccupied and there was no gas or electrical service running to the house. The cause is still under investigation, with assistance from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.
Conger, Alden, Manchester, Clarks Grove and Albert Lea Fire Departments as well as Mayo Clinic Ambulance assisted on scene.
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