Minnesota Firefighters Battle Apartment Fire

Sunday morning 05-18-2003, as 9:00am services were underway in local churches, a structure fire was reported on a third story deck at 13945 Anderson Lakes Pkwy.

The building, a large three story ordinary construction apartment complex located less than a half a mile from Eden Prairie Station 1. The building is sprinklered and has standpipes.

Fire Chief 1 put in service after the first page and arrived on scene shortly after with a confirmed structure fire. Orderring a 2nd page, mutual aid from neighboring Chanhassen and Minnetonka for 1 engine and 1 ladder each, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Residents were evacuating the building as EP E-4 and L-1 arrived from nearby station 1.

Ladder 1 set the aerial up in front, as engine 4 grabbed the hydrant. Crews from both companies advanced into the structure to find the unit of origin.

EP E-5 and Sq-33 arrived next from station 3. E-5 took another hydrant and connected to the standpipes and sprinklers.

Rit was in place in the front of the building. A crew also advanced a 21/2 to the rear, as well as ground ladders as a means of additional egress.

The bulk of the fire was knocked down quickly from the interior.

The fire had extended to the attic space from under the eves. Heat, smoke and water damage effected adjacent apt's. on the third floor and water damage to te 2nd floor.

A special call to Chanhassen was made for an insulation extracting vacuum to get to several hot spots.

Additional units on scene included EP Chiefs 2,3,4, E-2,Sq-2, Chanhassen Chief 201 E-211, Aerial-11 and Rescue-216, Minnetonka Chief-4, E-3, E-4, L-3 and R-4.

A damage estimate was unavaileable. No injuries were reported to residents or firefighters. Approximately ten apt's were deemed uninhabitable, do mostly to smoke and water damage.

The reported cause by residents was a grill on a balcony, the Fire Marshall was investigating the fire.