Smoke detectors, quick response save Blaine home, family

Working smoke detectors and quick response from volunteer firefighters saved a Blaine home and the family inside it the morning of July 5, according to a fire department administrator.

Dan Retka, battalion chief of the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View (SBM) Fire Department, said it was notified around 12:50 a.m. July 5 of a house deck on fire on the 11300 block of Polk Street in Blaine.

The department was lightly staffed due to the holiday weekend, but about 10 volunteers who were home quickly responded and extinguished the fire within minutes, he said.

“The crew did an outstanding job,” Retka said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Retka believes there were eight people in the home when the fire started on the deck because the people who live there were hosting relatives over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Everyone woke up and got out of the home safely because of the smoke detectors, according to Retka.

The fire spread up the vinyl siding and got into the eaves before getting to the attic, which was difficult to access in the split level home, but firefighters were able to get to it, Retka said.

The fire did not spread to any other interior areas of the home because “the fire was knocked down in minutes,” Retka said.

No other fire departments were called to assist at the scene, he said.

Firefighters stayed at the home for a little over two hours to make sure there were no remaining hot spots, Retka said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, he said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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