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  • Medicine Lake firefighter dies of cancer
    The Medicine Lake Fire Department reports firefighter Tom Chapman died last Friday following a battle with lung cancer. In a Facebook post, the department said Chapman was 62-years-old and leaves behind a wife and son. He joined the department in 2006, and the post said he was instrumental in many water rescues over his years there.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2019 8:57:12 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • 1 firefighter suffers minor injuries battling Hugo blaze
    The Hugo Fire Department reports one firefighter suffered minor injuries while battling a house fire early Wednesday morning. A Facebook post from the department said the firefighter was transported to the hospital for evaluation. All occupants of the home made it out safely. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KSTP ABC 5
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  • Pillager chief says homeowner's quick action kept fire from spreading
    A fire caused by an electrical malfunction of a motion light fixture on an attached garage started Tuesday, April 23, at a residence between Baxter and Pillager. The Pillager Fire Department was paged at 11:18 p.m. to the fire on the 2400 block of Little Red Sand Drive Southwest. Pillager Fire Chief Greg Ringler said the homeowner, Steven Fuchs, came out of the house and saw the fire.
    - PUB DATE: 4/25/2019 8:00:34 AM - SOURCE: Brainerd Daily Dispatch
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  • Barn destroyed, goats killed in fire west of New Ulm
    Three goats were killed in a barn fire west of New Ulm early Wednesday morning. New Ulm firefighters were called to 24279 County Road 11 south of Essig at 3:40 a.m., according to a New Ulm Fire Department news release. The barn was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Firefighters were at the scene for over four hours.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2019 10:52:09 AM - SOURCE: Mankato Free Press
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  • Hopkins Fire Department selected to participate in national program
    The Hopkins Fire Department was recently selected to participate in Sound Off, a new national program with the Home Fire Safety Patrol on fire safety education for children and their families. The department is one of three fire departments in Minnesota and one of 40 communities in 11 states to launch the program in partnership with local elementary schools.
    - PUB DATE: 4/23/2019 1:16:30 PM - SOURCE: HometownSource
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  • Firefighters Tackle Garage Fire In Byron
    Firefighters responded to a garage fire in Byron early Wednesday morning. According to the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, crews were called just before 5 a.m. to the 9 hundred block of Byron Avenue North. Flames and smoke were visible when crews arrived, but officials say the fire was mostly contained in the garage.
    - PUB DATE: 4/24/2019 4:57:31 AM - SOURCE: KAAL-TV ABC 6 Austin
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  • 1 Injured, 2 Homes Destroyed In Faribault Grill Explosion
    People living in two Faribault homes are lucky to be alive after an Easter Sunday grilling accident. The incident occurred just after 5 p.m. at the Evergreen Estates mobile home park. You could see flames and smoke pouring from both homes and a car. One person was injured. “We were having an egg hunt, we just heard somebody scream, two seconds later we heard an explosion,” said neighbor Damon Martinez.
    - PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 8:08:31 PM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4
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  • Dryer fire causes $3,000 in damage to St. Cloud duplex
    A fire in a clothes dryer caused an estimated $3,000 in damage to a unit in a south side duplex Monday morning, according to St. Cloud Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the duplex at 1118-13th St. S at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. The damage was mainly due to smoke, which will cause tenants to be relocated during cleanup.
    - PUB DATE: 4/23/2019 6:51:29 AM - SOURCE: St. Cloud Times
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  • St. Paul man survives home explosion and fire thanks to courageous neighbors
    A 74 year old St. Paul man is in a lot of pain in the burn unit at Regions Hospital. But, Mike Schultz, known as "Sarge", is recovering and alive, thanks to two guys who had the guts to walk through fire for him. Sarge was home Saturday afternoon when an explosion rocked the corner of West Baker Street and Hall Avenue.
    - PUB DATE: 4/21/2019 8:04:07 PM - SOURCE: KSTP-TV ABC 5 Minneapolis/St. Paul
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  • Rochester: Fire chief looking to introduce new battalion chief role
    When Fire Chief Eric Kerska presents his promotion recommendations to the Rochester City Council in May, the list will reflect a change to how the department’s leadership is organized. Following the retirement of Deputy Chief Steve Belau in September, Kerska said that rather than rush to replace Belau, he wanted to take some time to evaluate the position and the organization of the department.
    - PUB DATE: 4/22/2019 4:48:29 AM - SOURCE: Post-Bulletin
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