Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Community Message has been issued by the Saint Paul Fire Department.

Wednesday April 21, 2010 3:21 PM EDT


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 14 thru April 20, the Saint Paul Fire Department responded to 603 emergency calls.  Here is a sampling of some of the emergency and non-emergency activities from information provided by the fire department.

WAREHOUSE FIRE - On April 14 at 8:02 p.m. on the 300 block of Randolph Avenue crews raced to a vacant warehouse fire.  The 9-1-1 caller saw kids throwing rocks through windows prior to the fire. It appears combustibles were placed in a pile and set on fire. This is the second fire in two weeks.

BICYCLIST STRUCK - On April 15 at 5:20 p.m. paramedics came to the aid of a 33 year old female after being struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle.  She was treated and transported to a near by hospital for further evaluation.

GUN SHOT WOUND - On April 15 at 2:42 p.m. paramedics responded to the 900 block of St. Albans Street North to assist a 29 year old male who was shot.  Paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to a near by hospital.

KITCHEN FIRE - On April 17 at 3:41 p.m. on the 1200 block of St. Anthony Avenue a small fire was extinguished by a sprinkler head in the kitchen.  The occupant was sterilizing baby bottle nipples in a pan of water on the stove and left for a short while when the water boiled off.  Water damage to apartment contents.  Damage estimated at $3,000.

CAR FIRE - On the 1100 block of Rainey on April 17 at 12:41 a.m. there was a fire in the passenger compartment of a vehicle.  Fire spead to nearby fence and there was radiant heat damage to a small section of the vinyl siding.  Damage is estimated at $1,000.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - On April 17 at 12:10 p.m. on Case and Mendota Street a 46 year old male was involved in a motorcycle accident.  He was driving at a high rate of speed when he struck a vehicle.  He was ejected off the motorcycle and landed approximately 50 feet from the crash.  He was not wearing a helmet.  He sustained serious injuries.  Paramedics treated him and transported him to a nearby hospital.

BURNS - On April 18 at 9:20 a.m. paramedics went to the aid of a 1 year old female on the 1300 block of Farrington Street.  She sustained 3rd degrees burns to her forehead and face when she was accidentally burned from cooking oil.

STABBING - On April 18 at 8:39 p.m. on the 1600 block of Ames Street a 14 year old male was stabbed in the back.  Paramedics treated and transported him to a near by hospital.

BUSINESS FIRE - An overheated ceiling fan or electrical malfunction caused a $750 estimated damage in a women's restroom on the 900 block of West Gate Drive on April 20 at 9:41 a.m.  Employees were working for several hours before noticing a burning odor.  The fan appears to have been left on since Friday. They then checked the restroom and discovered the fan burning and extinguished with a dry powder.

DRYER FIRE – On April 20 at 5:29 p.m. on the 600 block of Front Avenue crews responded to an apartment fire. An occupant had been drying clothes in the first floor laundry room when the clothes in the drum caught fire. Another occupant from the apartment noticed smoke coming from inside the dryer and tried to extinguish the fire with a dry chemical. He removed some of the clothes, unplugged the dryer, shut off a circuit, opened a window and put a fan in it. He left the room when the smoke got to heavy. This fire was confined to the area of the dryer. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

AWARDS - On April 20, the Marine Force Reserve Master Gunnery Sergeant presented an award to Fire Chief Tim Butler for Saint Paul Fire's participation in the "Homecoming of the Marines" when 300 Marines flew in from Africa last April. There was also a plaque presented the department's involvement of the Toys for Tots mission held this past year.

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