Thursday, April 15, 2010

4/14/2010 - Community Message: Fire & EMS Blotter

Community Message has been issued by the Saint Paul Fire Department.
Wednesday April 14, 2010 5:17 PM EDT
Fire & EMS Blotter

This feature we call "Fire & EMS Blotter" is a weekly update of the activities of the Saint Paul Fire Department.

During the week of April 7 thru April 13, the Saint Paul Fire Department responded to 614 emergency calls. Here is a sampling of some of the emergency and non-emergency activities from information provided by the fire department.

PORCH FIRE - On April 8 at 5:52 p.m. on the 1800 block of Old Hudson Road, unknown juveniles lit a planter box on fire causing damage estimated at $5, 000 to the siding and window. There have been repeated acts of vandalism caused by unknown juveniles at this location.

CAR FIRE - On April 9 at 10:07 a.m., after hearing a knocking noise and seeing white smoke the driver pulled over to the shoulder on University at Marion. After getting out of the vehicle they saw flames showing from under the motor. There was a trail of what looked like transmission fluid leading to the vehicle. The owner had just recently had a new motor installed and had felt it had not been working properly since. This is an accidental fire due to an engine/ transmission malfunction.

BURN/SCALD - On April 10 at 12:34 p.m. paramedics were on scene to assist a 3 year old male who was burned by a hot clothes iron. Paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to a nearby hospital.

BICYCLIST STRUCK - On April 10 at 12:53 p.m. paramedics arrived on scene to assist a 53 year old male who was struck by a car while bicycling on Cretin Avenue and Mississippi River Blvd. He had rolled up onto the hood and suffered minor injuries. He was treated on scene and transported to a nearby hospital.

CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM - On April 10 at 8:47 p.m. on the 900 block of Ivy Avenue East, a CO alarm was sounding. The fire crews CO monitor reading determined that levels were unsafe. The fire company moved all personnel to fresh air for further evaluation. Xcel called. Occupants advised not to return to building until problem fixed and checked again for CO poisioning.

TREE HOUSE FIRE - On April 11, crews raced to the 600 block of California at 1:10 p.m. where a fire originated in combustibles stored in the backyard and spread to a nearby two story tree house. After the tree house became fully involved the fire spread to the garage and home on the property. There was also minor heat damage to three adjacent homes and a garage located across the alley. Red Cross was called for the occupants. Board up and Xcel were on scene. Damage estimated at $75,000.

SAUNA FIRE - On April 11 at 1:25 p.m. on the 1000 block of Bandana Blvd. West, fire started in the wall of a sauna. This fire started in a light fixture or its junction box and spread up in the wall from there. A sprinkler did activate but because the fire was in the wall it did not completely extinguish the fire. Damage is estimated at $5,000.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - On April 13 at 4:09 p.m. a 62 year old male was struck by a motor vehicle on Finn Street and Ford Parkway. He had to stop quickly in the intersection and set the bike down. He was not wearing a helmet. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

STOVE FIRE - On April 13 at 7:06 p.m. on the 1000 block of Van Slyke Avenue, occupants returned home to discover heavy smoke and called 9-1-1. The fire started on the kitchen stovetop and spread up an adjacent cupboard to involve the soffit area. Occupants had not used the stove but there were indications the fire started on the rear left burner. This fire appears to be the result of an unattended burner or stove malfunction. Damage is estimated at $30,000.

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