Why Digging Out Your Hydrant is Important

Cleared Fire Hydrant

One of two hydrants cleared of snow, allowing quick access for firefighters.

Last night the Eden Prairie Fire Department responded to a chimney fire that extended into the home’s attic. The 911 call came in at 11:38 p.m. and duty crew firefighters were on scene within seven minutes of the call.

Initial crews were able to get water on the fire without delay because the two nearest fire hydrants had been shoveled out after the recent snowfall.

March 6 FireThe homeowners were able to exit without injury and firefighters safely removed pets from the basement.

To keep your family and home safe from fire, please review these safety tips:

  • Schedule an inspection of your chimney if you haven’t had one in the past year
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms and change batteries annually; replace smoke alarms every 10 years
  • Locate the hydrant nearest your home and clear the snow all the way around the hydrant to provide quick access in the event of a fire

This fire brought mutual aid crews from Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Edina, St. Louis Park and Excelsior. The Eden Prairie Police Department and HCMC ambulance provided additional assistance on scene.

If you are interested in assisting your community in times of need, the Fire Department is currently recruiting new firefighters, no experience necessary. Click here to learn more or apply; applications are due March 19.


  1. John Hollick
    Posted March 7, 2018 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    As a homeowner just a couple of houses down from this fire, I would like to thank the various fire departments for all of their hard and at times dangerous work last night that we witnessed first hand. We are grateful our neighbors got out safe. This was also a powerful reminder to check fire detectors, have a escape plan and make sure our fireplace is working properly!

  2. Posted March 7, 2018 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    My neighbor has faithfully cleared a path to the hydrant across the street after every snow fall. Then the plow comes along later and buries it. I am not able to dig the hydrant out again and my neighbor has gone to work. So now the hydrant is buried like nothing was ever done.