Dec. 13 - Several north metro departments were called to battle a fire that consumed a gas station a busy Columbia Heights intersection on Tuesday evening.
Just before 10 p.m., crews were called to the Speedy Mart at the corner of 40th Avenue NE and University Avenue.
Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the one-story gas station with a convenience store and repair bay.
Columbia Heights Fire Chief Gary Gorman told Fridley Patch that crews initially found fire burning in the ceiling of the store. As crews began to exit, “the whole room caved in” he told Patch.
Columbia Heights Engine 1 was positioned on the 40th Avenue side of the structure and had several attack lines running off the pump panel. Assistance was called from Fridley and Saint Anthony Village.
Fridley Aerial 2 was flowing water from elevated master streams on the 40th Avenue side and Columbia Heights Aerial 15 was positioned on the University Avenue side lobbing water from an aerial pipe.
The fire was knocked down by 11:15 and crews repositioned handlines and a portable master stream to douse hot spots.
- Assignment: Columbia Heights Engines 1 and 4, Aerial 15 and Rescue 2, Mutual Aid: Fridley Engine 3 and Aerial 2 and St. Anthony Village Engine 2