Large Church Fire in South Minneapolis

 The Views from the jumpseat crew would like to share this fire with the loyal readers. God Bless the injured firefighters and the Minneapolis Fire Department. 


May 27 – Five firefighters were injured while battling a three-alarm church fire Sunday night. The blaze lit up the night sky over South Minneapolis as it  burned out of control for almost two hours before it was declared under control.
Fire officials said that one of the five firefighters suffered serious injuries to their upper body. Four others suffered less serious burn injuries and they were being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center where Fire Chief John Fruetel and Mayor R.T. Ryback are visiting with them.
  • Audio: Listen here for incident audio. Mayday about 3:00

 The fire at the Walker Community United Methodist Church at 3104 16th Ave. S. was reported around 8:20 p.m. when an initial assignment was dispatched for a report of smoke in the building. According to the church’s website, the thee-story high building was opened in March 1910.
Engine 5 arrived to find smoke in the cockloft of the building and requested a full assignment, according to the Extra Alarm Association’s Facebook page.  Some companies in South Minneapolis were just clearing  of a fire on Sunrise Drive.
An attack line was stretched by Engine 5′s crew to try to find the source of the fire. Engine 17′s crew established a water supply and then stretched a backup line.
While crews were trying to locate the seat of the fire, a Mayday was called. It was initially reported that several firefighters were injured in a flashover.

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