Feb. 12 - Three departments were called to a fire in a commercial building early Tuesday morning.
Units were called to a possible building fire in the 7800 block of Elm Street NE and police officers reported smoke coming from the building.
Fridley Chief 1 arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the C-side and roof of the one-story commercial building. He requested a ladder from Coon Rapids and an engine from Spring Lake Park – Blaine – Mounds View on mutual aid.
Firefighters deployed a hoseline and a BlitzFire through an overhead door on the C-side of the building from Aerial 2. Engine 2 hooked into the fire department connection on the A-side of the structure as heavy smoke poured from the building.
According to Fridley Patch, “the building appears to house two automotive-related businesses: William Jayze Limousine Service and Tow Guys Northside Towing. ”
The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes and crews moved to the interior to knock down the remaining fire.
Fridley Fire Chief John Berg told Fridley Patch that two workers “were apparently transferring gasoline from a vehicle to a gas can when it ignited. They attempted to fight the fire but, were forced out of the building. The fire ignited a vehicle in the building.”
“Firefighters encountered heavy black smoke and supplied the building fire suppression system until they were able use a thermal imager to determine that it was a vehicle on fire,” Fridley Patch reported.