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June 2 - A fire that threatened a large Brooklyn Center apartment building went to two alarms before being brought under control on Saturday morning.
About 2:15 a.m. Brooklyn Center fire units were dispatched after a 9-1-1 caller reported seeing a deck on fire at an apartment building in the 6300 block of Camden Avenue N. The building is part of the Melrose Gates apartments, which is adjacent to Interstates 94 and 694 and Highway 252.
As units went enroute, police officers on scene confirmed a working fire on the third floor and found residents escaping from the structure.
Upon arrival, Engine 3 encountered heavy smoke and flames showing from the deck on the top floor of the three-story apartment building. Command reported that the fire was spreading to the attic and requested a second alarm bringing units from West Metro and Robbinsdale to the scene.
The crew from Engine 3 stretched a 2 1/2-inch feeder line to the main entrance of the building. Engine 2 laid a supply line from the entrance of the complex to Engine 3.
Fire engulfed the two patios and started to extend into the attic as crews from Engines 3, 2 and 6 used two 1 3/4-inch attack lines to darken down the main body of fire. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes.
Brooklyn Center District Chief Kent Korman told Twin Cities Fire Wire that the fire was held to the two apartments with some minor smoke damaged to adjacent units.
Crews from North Memorial EMS evaluated one resident at the scene.
More than 30 residents were forced outside and two Metro Transit buses were called in to house them.
- Assignment: Engines 2, 3 and 6, Air & Salavage Unit, Chiefs 2 and 3. 2nd Alarm: Robbinsdale Engine 88 and West Metro Aerial 11 and one Brooklyn Park Engine to cover Brooklyn Center