One firefighter injured 3748 Park Ave. fire
Provide by the Minneapolis Fire Department
At 1:26 a.m. this morning, firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at 3748 Park Ave. Upon their arrival, they found fire showing from an attached garage and the basement. Crews laid lines into the basement of the large three-story house but were evacuated after a short time due to the volume of fire and rapidly changing conditions, which prevented firefighters from completely searching the building. The fire was fought from the outside using hand lines and aerial devices. Occupants in the adjacent house were evacuated as a precaution when flames threatened to impinge.
A second alarm was called at 2:50 a.m. due to fire volume, fire spread and adverse weather conditions. Frozen hose lines and malfunctioning equipment hampered firefighters’ efforts throughout the fire attack. Eventually, fire burned through the roof but firefighters were able to prevent it from spreading to the neighboring house. Xcel and CenterPoint were requested to the scene to address power line/electrical issues and natural gas concerns. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, crews attempted to re-enter the building to search for an unaccounted for person but unsafe conditions prevented them from doing so.
The female, who was unaccounted for, was located away from the scene unharmed; all others either made it out or were not home. Red Cross was requested to assist 6-7 adults. One firefighter was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation and was treated and released for a non-life-threatening injury. No civilians were injured as a result of this fire.
As of 10 a.m. this morning, fire crews remain on scene hitting hot spots and standing by to assist other agencies. Regulatory officials are on scene determining structural integrity and possible demolition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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