Firefighters Battle Shorewood House Fire in 90 Degree Temps

May 26, 2018 10:09 PM

Two firefighters were taken to the hospital after suffering from heat exhaustion while working to extinguish a house fire Saturday afternoon in Shorewood.

The firefighters, from Long Lake and Victoria, were treated and released from the hospital Saturday evening.


Another firefighter from Chaska was treated at the scene and released, according to the department's fire chief.

Fire officials said firefighters were called around 1:17 p.m. to a home on the 6200 block of Cathcart Drive. When firefighters arrived, both the house and garage were engulfed.

The homeowner saw smoke while he was mowing the lawn and was able to get his family and their two pets to safety, according to fire officials.

Excelsior Assistant Fire Chief Pat McCarthy said nearly 14 different departments brought resources to their aid. He said they needed to extra reinforcements because of the temperatures.

"You can see it's hot, being outside, let alone you start putting on heavy gear and you start working, people get extremely hot," McCarthy said. 

McCarthy said with temperatures into the 90s, firefighters should only be working close to a fire for 10 to 12 minutes at a time before cycling out to rest and hydrate.

"The first crews that were here were probably in there for longer than that," McCarthy said.

A special team was on scene to assist firefighters. They took their blood pressure and pulse, watching for any signs of cardiac issues or exhaustion.

"Then we make the decision if they go back in for a second round or if they're done for the day," McCarthy said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.



Ben Rodgers

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