Five firefighters injured while fighting church fire in south Minneapolis
On the evening of May 27, Minneapolis fire crews were dispatched to a smoke alarm call at the Walker Community United Methodist Church at 3104 16th Ave. S. In the course of fighting the intense fire, five Minneapolis firefighters were injured and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center. Of those, three were treated for first degree burns on their hands and were released that night. Two firefighters were hospitalized at HCMC for additional treatment of first and second degree burns. Currently, one firefigher, Captain Kathrynne Baumtrog remains in the hospital. No civilians were injured.
The five firefighters who were injured while fighting the fire are:
- Captain Kathrynne Baumtrog - 13-year veteran, currently being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center.
- Captain Paul Baumtrog – 33-year veteran, treated and released Sunday, May 27.
- Captain Joe Mattison – 18-year veteran, treated and released Sunday, May 27.
- Firefighter Sandy Meredith – 4-year veteran, treated and released Sunday, May 27.
- Firefighter Christie Nixon – 11-year veteran, treated and released Monday, May 28.
The Minneapolis Fire Department wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers as our colleagues continue their recovery.
You can show your support for our injured firefighters by sending cards and letters to the Fire Department offices, and they will be shared with Captains Baumtrog, Captain Mattison, and Firefighters Meredith and Nixon.
Cards and letters may be sent to:
c/o Minneapolis Fire Department
350 S. 5th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
At this point in the investigation, the cause of this fire is undetermined. Due to the intensity of the fire, the building’s structural integrity was severely compromised and the building has been demolished.
Published Jun. 6, 2012