Minneapolis fire department extinguishes flames along Kasota Avenue
UPDATE 12:35 p.m. – The Minneapolis Fire Department says an electrical pole was damaged by an overnight fire along Kasota Avenue.
According to Melanie Rucker, the Assistant Fire Chief for the Minneapolis Fire Department, crews were called to the 800 block of Kasota Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. for what was reported as a possible building fire.
However, when crews arrived they didn’t find any building being exposed to flames, but instead found a fire involving a large pile of railroad ties. Rucker says the ties were not on the railroad tracks.
Railroad employees helped move the ties around with front-end loaders so flames and hotspots could be put out.
Xcel Energy also had workers at the scene in order to do maintenance on the damaged pole.
A previous version of this report can be found below.
INITIAL REPORT 6:54 a.m. – A fire broke out along Kasota Avenue in Minneapolis early Tuesday morning.
A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS camera captured footage of large amounts of flames and smoke around 1 a.m.
No word at this time regarding the cause of the fire.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.