Storms Bring More than Rain

LightningAs severe storms rolled through Eden Prairie last night, they brought heavy rain, hail and lightning, along with several fire calls that kept Eden Prairie Fire Department crews busy.

Shortly after 7 p.m., dispatch received a call about a fire caused by a lightning strike to a home on Dartmouth Avenue. The on-shift duty crew responded within two minutes from the nearby Fire Station 2. Additional resources responded from other Eden Prairie stations as well as mutual aid from Bloomington, Minnetonka, Excelsior, and Edina.

Just after the Dartmouth fire was extinguished, a 911 call came in from a resident on the west side of town reporting another fire from a lightning strike. Crews responded to Geisler Road just before 8 p.m. Additional resources from Minnetonka and Excelsior responded as well. The exterior of the home near the gas meter had been struck by lightning and fire spread up the exterior vinyl siding. The quick response of fire crews meant that the fire was knocked down quickly and the fire didn’t extend to the attic or interior of the home.

Crews were beginning to clear the scene on Geisler at 8:45 p.m. when another fire was reported on Peep Oday Trail. This fire was not weather-related, but the result of inattentive cooking.

At 8:52 p.m. another call about smoke in a garage came in from Vogel Farm Trail. Crews split between Peep Oday and Vogel Farm in order to cover the needs of the two calls. The Vogel Farm call was another weather-related lightening strike to a nearby tree, leading to the lawn sprinkler system box to be blown out in the garage.

Lots of action in a very short time for our dedicated firefighters and mutual aid partners, and dispatchers who keep it all straight and remain calm throughout the storms!

We want to take this opportunity to remind everyone to have working smoke alarms, so you can be alerted to fires in your home.

3 Comments

  1. Loren Moriearty
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Eden Prairie Dispatchers are second to none!

  2. Ann Higgins
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    Thanks forcrecounting the effective firefighting (due to lightning strikes as well as “inattentive” cooking in the midst of the severe weather of last evening.

    It should also be noted that in our amazingly connected nation, somewhow how folks on the east coast also learned if the close call with an almost tornado that just missed landing in our midst around 8 p.m. last night.

  3. Teresa Murphy
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you EP firefighters!!!