Emergency Response and District News
Please remember to clear any fire hydrants near your home or business as you continue to shovel out from under the endless snow.
Wood City Laundry at 804 Industry Avenue was destroyed by fire overnight as firefighters fought the fire and Mother Nature. CAFD units were paged for a structure fire at 03:00 Friday monring during the height of the ongoing winter snow storm. Units from Stations 1, 2 & 3 responded and found a commercial building of metal/pole construction with heavy fire showing and a large section of the roof already collapsed into the structure. A working fire was declared and additioinal resources were requested by Battalion 3.
Firefighters were hampered by the steel structure and the large amounts of snow on three sides of the building. Incoming units had to contend with unplowed roads and up to 20" of new snow and high winds. Crews forced entry into the building through two overhead doors on the A side and found heavy fire throughout the building, along with several vehicles stored in the structure. Multiple 1 3/4" and 2 1/2" hand lines were deployed along with an aerial master stream in an effort to control the fire. Crews found it difficult to reach the fire in areas of the building due to the steel roof structures collapse into the building and covering much of the burning material.
Fire crews continued active fire suppresion for approximately 6 hours before being released from the scene. Crews will remain on scene throughout the day to monitor hot spots and flare-ups in the debris. CAFD crews were assisted on the fire scene by the Carlton Fire Department and the Thomson Township Fire Department provided stand-by at CAFD Station 1 during the incident.
Units operating on scene were Engines 2, 22 & 31 - Tower 1 - Battalions 2, 3, & 4 - Chief 1 - Safety - Medics 9 & 11 - Brush 31 and Carlton Engine 602. There were no injuries reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation by the CAFD Fire Investigation Team.
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The CAFD received a call for a structure fire at 3:20 am on Sunday morning February 16, 2014. Upon arrival units found fire coming from three sides of the residence and power lines down in the driveway at 1539 Spring Lake Road. Suppression crews made entry into the home and found the floor burned through from below. The lack of a stable floor and large volume of fire throughout the strucuture forced crews back outside and operations continued from the exterior.
The lone occupant was awoken by a smoke detector and found heavy smoke in the structure forcing him to crawl from the structure. The occupant was treated and transported to St. Mary's - Essentia Hospital by CAFD Paramedics.
CAFD Stations 1,2 & 3 were assisted by the Carlton Fire Department, Cloquet Police, Carlton County Sheriff's Department, and Minnesota Power. The home and contents are a total loss. No firefighters were injured and units were on scene for about 5 hours.