Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Community Message has been issued by the Saint Paul Fire Department.
Wednesday May 12, 2010 4:14 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 May 5 thru May 11, the Saint Paul Fire Department responded to 620 emergency calls. Here is a sampling of some of the emergency and non-emergency activities from information provided by the fire department.

CARELESSLY DISCARDED SMOKER'S MATERIAL - Fire companies were dispatched to the 1600 block of Cohansey on May 5 at 3:33 a.m. where a carelessly discarded smoker's material caused a fire in partially enclosed exterior stairwell. Occupants evacuated via the upper deck. Red Cross was called to assist residents with emergency housing. Damage is estimated at $10,000.

·   Careless smoking is the lead cause of deadly fires. More-and-more people are smoking outdoors and carelessly discarding their smoking materials. Even outdoors, smokers should use an ashtray or other non-combustible container to discard smoking materials.

ELECTRICAL FIRE - On May 5 at 9:55 a.m. on the 1200 block of Thomas Avenue, high winds caused a large tree branch to break off of a maple tree and fall on the electrical service to the house. This pulled the mast down from the house and caused arcing in the exterior meter box causing a small amount of charring to the structure. There was no extension and Xcel was on scene. Damage is estimated at $1,000.

GARAGE FIRE - Fire crews were dispatched to a fire in an unattached four-car garage on May 7 at 5:54 p.m. on the 800 block of Duluth Street. The occupant stated no one had been in the garage before the fire and she has not had electrical service for at least the last 6 months. A neighbor thought he heard what sounded like a generator running earlier. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $40,000.

CAR TO TRAIN ACCIDENT – On May 8 at 5:09 a.m. paramedics raced to the scene of a 24 year old male who was involved in a car vs. train accident on the 1000 block of Shop Road. The male was on the tracks facing the train going 40 mph. He was ejected from the car and landed in a ditch. He was treated and transported to a nearby hospital for his injuries.

HYPOTHERMIA - On May 8 at 3:34 p.m. on Joy and Atwater Street a 87 year old male suffered from hypothermia after he accidentally put the car into drive, instead of reverse, stepped on the gas and went into the river. Passerbys rescued him from the sinking car. Paramedics treated him at the scene and transported him to a nearby hospital.

SHOOTING - On May 8 at 9:14 p.m. paramedics were dispatched to the 600 block of Fuller Avenue where a 19 year old male was shot several times while walking down the street. He was was treated and transported to a nearby hospital.

UNATTENDED COOKING – On May 9 at 10:10 p.m. fire crews were called a home in the 1200 block of McAfee where the owner was cooking sausage in a toaster oven that was kept on plastic shelving in the garage. He went into the house when he later heard a crackling noise in the garage. He opened the door to the garage and discovered heavy smoke. The fire was confined to the area of origin with minor smoke damage to the dwelling and two vehicles that were in the garage. Damage is estimated at $5,000.
·   Careless cooking is the leading cause of building fires in Minnesota. Never leave cooking unattended.

VEHICLE FIRE - A vehicle was found under the freeway bridge fully involved in fire on May 12 at 3:09 a.m. on L'Orient Street and Minnehaha Avenue. Police were on scene and had the vehicle towed to the impound lot.

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