Minnesota News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Follow Up: Man runs to fire department for help after lightning hits St. Paul home

VIDEO: Living close to a fire station has some perks, especially when your home is struck by lightning and burning. A St. Paul, Minnesota man wasted no time the other night when he ran to the fire department for help when he couldn’t call 911. As storms rolled in over St. Paul early Tuesday morning, firefighters at Station 14 heard some loud thunder and lightning overhead. “Usually when you hear a loud crack so close, you know either it’s going to set off someone’s alarm and it’s going to be nothing or it’s going to strike somebody’s house and there’s going to be a fire,” explained Captain John Waldron. About 15 minutes later, the doorbell was going off. “The gentleman was at the door pretty excited, out of breath—just ran from his house," recalled Fire Equipment Operator Jeremy Barta. "[He] said he had a bunch of smoke in his house.”
KMSP-TV My Fox 9 Twin Cities

PetSmart fire in Faribault considered suspicious

Faribault police are investigating a Tuesday evening fire they consider suspicious. The fire was reported just before 5 p.m. at the city’s PetSmart in the Faribo West Mall on Western Avenue. When police arrived, customers and store employees were evacuating the building and light smoke could be seen in the back of the business, according to a release from Fire Chief Dustin Dienst. Police officers entered the building, located the fire, evacuated the store’s animals and updated firefighters as they arrived on scene. Firefighters located the fire was located in a bathroom which had been extinguished by the store’s sprinkler system. The sprinkler system was then shut down and firefighters used squeegees to clean up the water on the floor by pushing it down a drain. Following an on-scene investigation, police determined the fire’s origin was suspicious, and contacted the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Sleepy Eye: Not every hero wears a cape - Fire Prevention Week educates community

PHOTO: The Sleepy Eye Fire Department brought awareness and education to the community during Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6 to 12, including their always popular, every other year, Fire Station Open House on Wednesday evening, Oct. 9
St. James Plaindealer

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Lake Superior College Hosts First External Fire Department for Training

Lake Superior College’s Emergency Response Training Center hosted some visitors from afar–the Rochester Fire Department used the Center for their required fire ground training. The Rochester Fire Department is the first external group to use the recently completed multi-level facility. Firefighters used mock-up buildings called burn boxes to test their ability to go into a structure fire and rescue people. According to fire officials, this hands on training is pivotal to test their crews’ skills before encountering the real thing out in the field. “You can’t feel heat from a book, you can’t see smoke like this from a book,” said Rochester Capt. David Worstman. “This helps make them more confident when they go to the next fire, makes them more proficient at it to be able to pull the hose lines and actually put water on true fires.” “It’s a very big deal.”
KQDS-TV Fox 21

Stearns County house fire involving wood stove is seasonal reminder

A fire that damaged a home in Stearns County early Tuesday serves as a seasonal reminder of the danger posed by wood stoves and fireplaces. Fire crews were dispatched to a house in rural Sauk Centre Township just after 1:30 a.m. after the homeowner awoke to smoke alarms going off and soon discovered her porch on fire. Early indications are that a wood stove is the cause of the fire, which caused significant damage. The homeowner, her dog and a cat escaped safely. Fireplaces, wood stoves and chimney fires become increasingly common as fall and winter approaches. The 2017 fire report by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office says 172 incidents were reported involving fireplaces and chimneys that year, which accounted for 69 percent of heating fires. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers these suggestions for those who use a wood stove or fireplace to heat their home.

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