Thursday, May 16, 2013
There were no injuries, but the fire remains under investigation.
According to a Golden Valley Fire Department press release: On May 16, 2013, at approximately 1:20 a.m., Golden Valley Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2529 Unity Avenue North, an eight unit townhome complex. Upon arrival there was visible smoke and fire coming from the townhome unit. Three people were inside the townhome where the fire originated and they evacuated without injury. All other occupants in the other townhome units also evacuated safely and were able to return to their homes. No firefighter injuries were reported. West Metro Fire, St. Louis Park Fire, Robbinsdale Fire, Minnetonka Fire, Plymouth Fire, Golden Valley Police and North Memorial Ambulance provided assistance. Cause of the fire is under …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The fire happened at Modern Manufacturing & Engineering Monday, March 18.
An industrial fire at Modern Manufacturing & Engineering in Brooklyn Park resulted in mutual aid from area fire departments – including West Metro and Golden Valley. The Brooklyn Park Fire Department initially responded to the report of a fire around 9:30 p.m. on the 9300 block of Winnetka Avenue, according to Twin Cities Fire Wire. It was more than two hours before crews were able to clear the scene. “Employees first reported that there was magnesium on fire and another reported possible chemicals involved,” Brooklyn Park Assistant Chief Todd Seitz told Twin Cities Fire Wire, who later said the fire “turned out to be in a waste oil burner that caught fire.” Maple Grove, Osseo, and West Metro Fire Departments assisted onsite with the fire…
Friday, March 8, 2013
The Golden Valley Fire Department participated in the annual Fight For Air Climb in Minneapolis for the American Lung Association.
**Information provided by the City of Golden Valley. On Feb 23, 2013, Team Golden Valley Fire and friends participated in the annual Fight For Air Climb in Minneapolis for the American Lung Association. With 785 other participants, they climbed the 30-story Accenture building in full fire gear. This is the seventh year Team Golden Valley Fire participated, raising $13,265, a record for the department and it’s fifth year as one of the top firefighter fundraising teams. “The Chanhassen Fire Department edged us out by around $100,” says Fire Training Specialist Steve Baker. “It’s all part of a friendly rivalry we have each your to see which department can raise the most money. The loser has to buy pie for the winner.” Together, the Golden …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Students were bused to Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School for the remainder of the day.
At about noon on Monday, Feb. 25, 10 students and a few staff members from the School of Engineering and Arts in Golden Valley reported feeling ill, according to Tia Clasen, spokesperson for District 281. Robbinsdale Area Schools officials made the immediate decision to test the air quality of the building. While testing was being conducted, at about 2 p.m., the district decided to evacuate the building, busing student and staff to nearby Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School to carry out the remainder of class. After the district's tests for carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide came back normal, as a precautionary step, officials called the Golden Valley Fire Department and hazardous materials team. “Their results came back clean as well,” …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The Golden Valley City Council decided to evaluate the position after the retirement of the city deputy fire marshal.
After the retirement of Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Anderson, Golden Valley decided to evaluate the “needs” and “organizational structure” of the Golden Valley Fire Department. “Having had discussions with the Fire Chief, it has been determined that the department needs a Deputy Fire Chief position,” Golden Valley City Manager Tom Burt wrote in a Feb. 12 memo to the City Council. The position would include: “The proposed salary for the Deputy Fire Chief Position is $78,248 to $93,152 a year,” Burt wrote in the memo. The Golden Valley City Council unanimously approved adopting a resolution modifying 2013 general wages and salary for the new deputy fire chief position at its Feb. 19 meeting. The job opening for the deputy fire chief position is …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
David Gustafson was recognized at a recent Golden Valley City Council meeting.
In January of 1992, David Gustafson joined the Golden Valley Fire Department as a paid, on-call fire fighter. More than 20 years later, on Jan. 6, Gustafson retired from his role with the department, but moved onto a full-time job with the city as a Fire and Property Maintenance Inspector. Gustafson was recognized for his efforts by Fire Cheif Mark Kuhnly at a recent Golden Valley City Council meeting. Kuhnly said that Gustafson made training a priority throughout his tenure with the department, and even sought out training avenues that would better his skills. In addition to working for the Golden Valley Fire Department, Gustafson has served as a fire officer, part time fire inspector, and a fire investigator assisting with the Hennepin …
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Golden Valley Fire Department said that no injuries were reported.
At about 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, the Golden Valley Fire Department responded to a house fire at the 1300 block of Orkla Avenue North, according to a press release. In the statement, Fire Chief Mark Kuhnly said that first interior attack crews encountered “extensive fire upon entry.” The Golden Valley Police Department, Public Works Department and North Memorial provided mutual aid and assistance. Kuhnly said the the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our daily newsletter
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Multiple fire departments responded to a fire at Granite Woods Apartments in Plymouth on Dec. 26.
The day after Christmas, Plymouth resident Leela Karneh is waking up to a harsh reality--everything is gone. “There is nothing left,” Karneh said. “We’re starting from scratch right now.” Karneh is one of the residents impacted by an apartment fire that swept through Granite Woods Apartments in Plymouth around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 26. When she started to smell smoke, Karneh said she and her husband grabbed their baby and rushed to their car to escape the flames. Burnt couches, scorched baby toys, diapers, burnt pillows and clothes littered the frozen lawn near the three destroyed apartment units. Golden Valley Fire Chief Mark Kuhnly said that the Golden Valley Fire Department provided assistance to the Plymouth Fire Department during the …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The home was unoccupied when Golden Valley firefighters responded.
At about 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, a resident living on the 1400 block of Valders Avenue called 911, reporting that visible flames were coming from a nearby home. When Golden Valley firefighters arrived on the scene, they quickly extinguished a fire that started in the breezeway between the garage and the home. Golden Valley Fire Chief Mark Kuhnly said damage was very minimal, in part because the neighbor immediately called 911 upon seeing smoke and flames. “It was a good outcome to something that could have been much worse,” Kuhnly said. The home, which is under construction, was unoccupied when the fire started. Kuhnly confirmed that the fire started by “spontaneous combustion” from various paint supplies. Follow us on Twitter | …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The Golden Valley Fire Department was called to assist in a house fire that started from a space heater.
A little after 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, the West Metro Fire-Rescue District and the Golden Valley Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire at the 4700 block of Yates Avenue North in Crystal. Sarah Larson, the West Metro Fire-Rescue District's acting chief, said that upon arrival, West Metro Fire-Rescue District firefighters worked quickly to put out flames in one bedroom of the home. Larson said that a space heater started the fire. In total, Larson said that four people were in the home at the time the fire started. Two children were sent to North Memorial Hospital, though Larson couldn't confirm their ages, names or current conditions. Golden Valley firefighters stood by to provide aid as needed to West Metro Fire-Rescue …