Minnesota Duplex-Style Home Fire

Eden Prairie, MN received the first calls for a working structure fire shortly before midnight on August 30.

Eden Prairie Chief 3, Tom Schmitz, arrived within minutes of the initial page and reported a two story duplex well involved, with multiple exposures.

Built in the 80's, these are two-story, ordinary construction twinhomes or duplexes. There are tuck-under two car garages set in close proximity to each other.

Due to the potential of multiple exposures, mutual aid was called from Chanhassen, (1Eng. and chief) Bloomington, (Eng 5, 4, L-5, R-1, Ch-5 and 7), Minnetonka (Ch.-2,4, and 1 E-3 and L-4) and Edina (Tower-90).

Eden Prairie E -11 arrived and pulled a 2 1/2" for exposure protection. They pulled to a hydrant in front of the involved building and placed a deck gun in service. A second 2 1/2" was pulled by a crew by E-5 crews. L-2 laid in their own supply and set up for master stream work beside E-11.

An aggressive exterior attack with heavy streams and the presence of firewalls helped hold most of the fire to the front portion of the home of origin. Fire did breach the attached dwelling by means of the eaves but was quickly controlled. Crews had to battle a fire involving a gas meter at the front of the dwelling until utility crews could turn off the flow in the street.

Mutual aid crews began clearing by 1:15 a.m. Crews from Eden Prairie were released by 3 a.m.

No injuries were reported.