On Jan. 14th at 00:13, the Red Wing Ambulance and Fire Department received a call reporting a structure fire at 407 Green St.
Firefighter/paramedics were on the scene within 4 minutes of receiving the call to find heavy smoke emitting from the basement and 1st floor of the 2 story structure. All of the occupants were out of the structure on arrival. Heavy fire conditions were found in the basement which quickly spread to the first and second floors. The structure was a total loss. 3 engines, 1 ambulance and support vehicles along with 22 Firefighters remained on scene until 06:00.
"This fire quickly turned into a defensive attack. An aggressive interior attack in an unoccupied structure of balloon construction becomes too much of a risk when fire crews are met with this
The state fire marshals office was notified as well as the Red Cross. Exel Energy, City of Red Wing Public works and Red Wing Police were also called for assistance. In addition to the expected hazards, Fire crews were also challenged by the cold temperatures.
Frozen nozzles and slippery conditions hampered fire fighting efforts. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The mission of the Red Wing Ambulance and Fire Department is to enhance the safety and security of the community by providing cost effective protection of life and property, through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression and emergency medical care.
Contact: Scott Danielson
Ambulance and Fire Department