July 31 - Firefighters battled a suspicious fire at a North Minneapolis duplex Tuesday night.
Units were dispatched to 1507 Queen Ave. N. just after 10 p.m. when multiple callers reported an explosion and fire.
One neighbor told Twin Cities Fire Wire at the scene that she heard two loud explosions and then saw smoke from the structure. When she came outside she could smell gasoline.
Engine 4 reported smoke from the second floor of the unoccupied structure. They stretched an attack line to the second floor and worked with Ladder 10 to find the seat of the fire.
Engine 16 backed down the block to lay a supply line from Engine 4 and the deployed a backup hoseline.
Ladder 4 threw ground ladders and assisted with searches. Rapid intervention was handled by Engine 14 and Chief 1 was safety.
Rescue 1′s crew climbed a portable ladder to cut the roof.
An initial assignment was dispatched to the same address on Friday night. When crews arrived at the scene they called for a first alarm assignment when they had smoke showing. That was knocked down with a water extinguisher.
- Assignment: Engines 4, 16 and 14, Ladders 10 and 4, Rescue 1, Mobile Command, Salvage and Chiefs 4 and 1. EMS Standby: North Memorial EMS