Â The Views from the jumpseat crew would like to share this fire with the loyal readers. God Bless the injured firefighters and theÂ MinneapolisÂ Fire Department.Â
MAY 28, 2012Â Â· NEWS STORY AND PICTURES COURTESY OF:Â TWIN CITY FIRE WIRE
May 27 –Â Five firefighters were injured while battling a three-alarm church fire Sunday night. The blaze lit up the night sky over South Minneapolis as itÂ 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:Â Listen here for incident audio. Mayday about 3:00
Â The fire at theÂ Walker Community United Methodist ChurchÂ 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 churchâ€™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 theÂ Extra Alarm Associationâ€™s Facebook page.Â Some companies in South Minneapolis were just clearingÂ of a fire on Sunrise Drive.
An attack line was stretched by Engine 5â€²s crew to try to find the source of the fire. Engine 17â€²s 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.
ForÂ continuedÂ coverage of this fire and updates visitÂ Twincitiesfirewire.com
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