Construction Equipment Catches Fire at Brooklyn Park Second Harvest Heartland
Firefighters have contained a fire at Second Harvest Heartland in the 7100 block of Winnetka Ave. N. Flames were visible from the roof as several fire trucks raced to the scene.
The first call came in at about 11:10 a.m. reporting a fire had made its way to the roof. Officials tell CCX News that it was a construction fire and the damage could have been much worse. Fire officials say a tar machine on the roof caught fire.
“There’s no damage to the roof and no damage to the structure at all,” said Brooklyn Park Battalion Chief Mike Maurer. “All it’s got is a bunch of tar that bubbled over. The tar heated up too hot and then with the wind blowing, it just ignited it.”
The Second Harvest Heartland facility is undergoing extensive renovations, which were expected to take place until spring. The food bank moved its facility to Brooklyn Park from Golden Valley last year. It’s unclear how the fire will impact the timeline of the renovation work.
Second Harvest serves around 89 million meals a year. According to a CCX News report, the Brooklyn Park facility aimed to help serve 110 million meals to people in need by the year 2025.