Interested in Serving Your Community?

The Eden Prairie Fire Department is looking for new recruits to join our duty crews.

If you have the heart to serve your community, you have everything we need.

Learn more at edenprairie.org/employment and plan to drop in the recruitment open house between 5 and 7 p.m. March 15 at Fire Station 1, 14800 Scenic Heights Road.

Smoking Material Fire

First-arriving fire conditions

For Eden Prairie firefighters, the month of March quickly became active when they were called to a structure fire just before 8 a.m. March 1.

Duty crews quickly arrived to an unoccupied duplex heavily involved in fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish a majority of the fire from the exterior and then made entry to the interior.

The point of origin where a cigarette burned into the deck

It has been determined that this fire was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. If you or someone in your home smokes, make sure you are extinguishing smoking materials completely before discarding them. Ideally, you should use a metal container with water or sand. It is amazing to witness the destruction one cigarette can cause.

 

The Eden Prairie Fire Department received first-alarm assistance on this structure fire from Edina, Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Excelsior fire departments.

Fire Response Over the Weekend

View from the command post

Over the weekend, the Eden Prairie Fire Department responded to a possible chimney fire in southern Eden Prairie, likely caused by creosote buildup in the fireplace. Damage was minimized by the quick response time and the ability of the crews getting water to the roof of the structure efficiently.

We would like to remind everyone of the importance of having chimneys cleaned and inspected for build-up and damage annually. This preventative measure could minimize the risk of a chimney fire in your home. Annual maintenance on gas-burning fireplaces is important as well.

The Eden Prairie Fire Department received ‘first-alarm’ assistance on this structure fire from Edina, Bloomington, Minnetonka and St. Louis Park Fire Departments.

This fire is still under investigation, no official cause has been determined at this time.

Help the Fire Department: Clear Your Hydrant

3-feet-hydrantThere are more than 4,000 fire hydrants across the City of Eden Prairie. Each blanket of snow means Eden Prairie residents spend time shoveling driveways and sidewalks, but what about those hydrants?

Fire spreads fast, and seconds matter. The few minutes it takes to shovel out a hydrant could mean the difference between a fire being contained in a room or spreading throughout the house.

The Fire Department is asking for your help — adopt a hydrant. Please take a few minutes to shovel out the hydrants near your home or ask someone to assist you if you aren’t able. Even if the hydrant isn’t in your yard, it’s still protecting your home; make sure it’s clear so firefighters can perform their jobs quickly in the event of a fire emergency.

Holiday Home Fire Safety

Eden Prairie House FireIn early November, Eden Prairie firefighters responded to a residential house fire that caused thousands of dollars in damage, and injured the homeowner and a firefighter.

The fire started with an incense log left burning on a desktop. Luckily, working smoke alarms alerted the residents to the fire and they were able to exit the home safely. The first fire engine arrived on the scene in less than five minutes. In that time, the fire had grown significantly and consumed an entire bedroom.

While unattended cooking still remains the leading cause of fires in Minnesota, the Eden Prairie Fire Department is reminding residents about fire risks with unattended burning materials. The holidays are upon us and historically, the use of candles and other open flame devices rises in the winter months. While technology has allowed us to use battery-operated candles as a safe alternative, some believe that nothing beats the smell of a traditional burning candle. This, along with an increase in combustible materials (decorations) in your home creates the perfect storm for a fire to quickly spread out of control.

To prepare for a safe home this holiday season, check your smoke alarms, have an escape plan and consider using flameless candles. If you choose to use traditional candles, place them on a hard, noncombustible surface, such as a glass plate, and extinguish them before leaving the room. Also, remember that heat rises and items located directly above candles or other open flame devices can conduct heat and begin to burn.

Click here for more fire facts and tips from the State Fire Marshal website.

Happy holidays, and stay safe!