Contact: Deputy Chief Perry Ebner, Fire Marshall, Fire Department, 612-673-3270
Three Alarm Fire at 5340 Lyndale Avenue S
Jan. 25, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis Fire officials today announce updates on last night’s fire at 5340 Lyndale Ave. S.
- The injured firefighter was treated last night at Hennepin County Medical Center for minor injuries and was released around 10 p.m.
- Crews continue to fight the fire and the investigation of its cause won’t begin until the fire is extinguished.
Shortly before 6 p.m., fire crews in South Minneapolis responded to a report of a fire at a commercial property at 5340 Lyndale Avenue S. Upon their arrival they found heavy smoke and fire emanating from the one story commercial building. All of the occupants were out of the building by the time fire crews arrived.
Crews first conducted an interior attack from the rear of the building. Fire grew rapidly and forced firefighters out of the structure. Fire Suppression tactics changed to a defensive mode as crews rapidly exited the building. A second alarm was called for additional resources and personnel to help control the fire. No fire extension went beyond the structure involved. As the fire continued to grow, a third alarm was sounded. These resources were needed due to the fire’s potential and the cold weather that was impacting both personnel and equipment.
The initial call came in at 5:51 p.m. At 6:07 p.m., a second alarm was called due to the possibility of fire spread, the hazards present on the property. The fire went to a third alarm at 6:47 p.m. as a precaution and for additional crews to serve as relief companies. This fire is still not under control as of the time of this release.
None of the occupants were injured at this incident.
One firefighter was transported from the scene by Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) ambulance for an injury sustained from a fall. The firefighters’ condition is stable at the time of this release.
The fire is currently under investigation.
PIO contact for this incident is Deputy Chief Perry Ebner, Fire Marshal for Minneapolis Fire Department.
Published Jan. 25, 2013