The Spring Lake-Blaine-Mounds View Fire Department had a long night battling a hangar fire Monday, July 30.
SBM Fire was called to a burning hangar at the Anoka County–Blaine Airport at 7:08 p.m. It took almost seven hours for crews to clear the scene.
Firefighters performed a “defensive attack,” remaining outside the building to extinguish the fire.
The cause of the fire was under investigation July 31.
“It is still to be determined, mostly because it was very difficult to get inside of that structure because the whole roof collapsed and came down on everything,” Capt. Anthony Scavo said. “What is going to have to happen is we will have to get some heavy equipment in there to actually remove the roof before we can get in there to take a look.”
Contents of the hangar included multiple vehicles, a boat and an airplane Scavo said.
Commenters on SBM’s Facebook post claim to have seen the smoke as far as Maple Grove and St. Anthony.
Battalions 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were on the scene according to SBM’s Facebook post. It took 10 vehicles, not including an Allina ambulance on scene, to combat the blaze.
No injuries were reported, and Scavo expects the building will be considered a total loss.
While no mutual aid was required during the fire, the Fridley and Coon Rapids fire departments were requested to help with a cooking-related townhome fire in northern Blaine that occurred soon after the airport fire.
“We basically had two fires going at once,” Scavo said. “It was a very hectic, crazy hour there for a while.”