Multiple Maple Grove Fires Keep Crews Busy
Multiple residential fires are keeping Maple Grove firefighters busy. In the last week, they’ve responded to five fires. Officials say it’s unusual to see this many fires so close together.
“They’ve been scattered, but a lot of them have been in our northwest corner, near our Station Four district,” explained Fire Chief Tim Bush.
No one was hurt in any of the fires, but a large amount of property was damaged. The most recent fire happened Saturday at a town home. Black, melted siding can be seen on the back of the house. Last Thursday, a garage fire started out small, then grew into a two-alarm blaze, torching the house. Bush says there’s isn’t a common causal link between the fires beyond most of them being related to careless behavior.
“Space heaters are a big thing this time of year. Never use a space heater with those cheap extension cords. If the extension cord only has two prongs, I can tell you it’s not going to be able to handle a space heater,” said Bush. And as always, Maple Grove fire officials encourage everyone to have a working fire alarm. Unless it’s got a 10-year battery, you’re recommended to replace smoke alarm batteries every six months.