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Aug. 1 - An intense garage fire spread to a house, shed and second garage in Anoka on Wednesday evening. The fire created thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.
Units were dispatched to a report of an attached garage fire in the 1700 block of 5th Avenue S. about 5:15 p.m.
Anoka-Champlin (AC) Chief 2 reported heavy fire from a garage that was extending to the two-story home. Mutual aid was requested from Andover and Ramsey.
AC Engine 3 arrived and firefighters deployed attack line down the driveway to attack the burning garage and house. Command ordered the next engine to lay a supply line to Engine 3.
AC Ladder 21 was positioned in an alley between the burning garage and an apartment building should a master stream be need. A supply line was stretched to that unit.
About 10 minutes into the incident, a police officer reported a second garage fire behind 512 Madison Street. The large garage was about 20 feet from the first fire. Command confirmed heavy smoke showing from that structure and requested additional resources to the scene.
Additional tac channels were set up as a second incident command was put in place for the fire on Madison Street. Maple Grove and Coon Rapids were requested to the scene.
Shortly after, flames were reported shooting from a shed near both of the garage. Andover and Ramsey firefighters arrived and stretched additional hoselines and began attack both fires.
AC Engine 11′s crew deployed a 2 1/2-inch attack line from the opposite street to help douse the smoky fire.
The fire on Madison Street was placed under control at 5:45 p.m.
The original fire was placed under control around 6 p.m.
Elk River and Osseo are requested to cover the Anoka-Champlin stations.
The Anoka County Fire Investigation team was summoned to the fire to help determine the cause.