Thursday, December 27, 2012
The fire department got the call at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.
Woodbury crews battled a house fire, as well as the elements, at the 4500 block of Woodbury Drive early Thursday morning. The fire was mostly contained to the attic of the old farmhouse, and investigators are focusing on the chimney as a possible cause, said Todd Johnson, Woodbury fire chief. “The attic was fully involved,” he said. The call came in from the homeowner at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday, and firefighters were at the house until 7 a.m. Older homes are typically built with heavier lumber, which burns longer, Johnson said. Crews were on the scene for several hours to ensure it didn’t rekindle. No one were hurt, but four people were displaced as a result of the fire, and the Red Cross was working to assist the family, Johnson said. …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The townhome sustained “moderate” damage and no one was hurt.
Lightning struck a townhome at the 2200 block of St. Johns Place on Saturday afternoon. No one was home at any of the four units in the structure and no one was injured in the incident, said Woodbury Police Sgt. John Altman. There was “moderate” damage to the townhome, Altman said, though he noted that it looks fairly severe from the outside. Firefighters got the call at about 3:05 p.m. Saturday and were on scene a short time later. A firewall at the townhome held up well and a neighboring unit only incurred some light smoke damage, Altman said. There was a report of a tree down but the city otherwise faired well during the storm, Altman said. Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Sign up for our newsletter
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Woodbury Fire Department is the only one in the region to use the method, fire chief says.
Battling a house fire might seem like a chaotic event. For the Woodbury Fire Department, putting out Monday’s house fire on Pheasant Run Road was “almost like a theatrical performance,” said Deputy Public Safety Director Todd Johnson. The department used a new tactic in which firefighters place high-powered fans at the entrance and exit, clearing smoke and heat so crews can more closely focus on the flames, Johnson told Patch at the scene Monday. Related: Fire Hits Home on Pheasant Run Road The Woodbury Fire Department is the only one in the region to use the method, Johnson said, and local firefighters planned to demonstrate it for their counterparts during a training event tonight (April 24) in St. Paul. In addition to helping …
Monday, June 20, 2011
Grease fire spread after resident tried to put water on it.
Three people were hospitalized and two cats died in a Sunday fire at a Woodbury apartment building. The fire broke out in a kitchen at the Woodland Pointe apartment complex on Ashwood Road off Weir Drive. A resident tried to put the grease fire out with salt, and when that didn’t work tried water, which spread the fire further, according to Mike Richardson, Woodbury emergency services coordinator. The fire started on the third floor of the building and four units were affected, Richardson said. “The main unit itself was pretty well consumed by fire,” he said. Firefighters broke through the wall of an adjacent unit and a door was left open in a unit across the hall from where the fire started, causing significant smoke damage to that …
Monday, February 14, 2011
Members of the Woodbury High School staff and Woodbury Public Safety Department are taking it to the rim for the WHS choir.
"Nothing but net" for 10 new Woodbury High School choir robes. That's the goal of a fundraising basketball game taking place in the WHS gym on Wednesday, Feb. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Members of the WHS staff—including choir director Daryl Timmer—are challenging members of the Woodbury Public Safety Department—including towering Woodbury Police Chief Lee Vague—in the paint. And the match-up looks to be a good one. "We've convinced the police chief to be part of the team because his daughter is a student at Woodbury High School this year," said Bill Mason, an officer with the Woodbury Police Department and the school resource officer at WHS. "He's taller than most centers, so he should do well." According to Timmer, the fundraiser—now in …
Monday, February 7, 2011
The home, which sustained heavy fire damage, was vacant at the time.
A vacant Woodbury home went up in flames Sunday night just as the Super Bowl was ending. The house, on Hillcrest Drive just off Upper Afton Road, sustained major damage. It was empty at the time. The Woodbury Fire Department got the call at about 9:30 p.m., said Christopher O'Brien, who was serving as duty chief Sunday night. Firefighters fought the blaze for about an hour before it was "knocked down," O'Brien said, and they spent another few hours on the scene afterward. About 25 Woodbury firefighters responded to the call, in addition to six each from the Oakdale and Maplewood fire departments, O'Brien said. None were injured fighting the blaze. The roof collapsed at one point, but firefighters were outside the home when that happened, O…
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Public safety chief hopes unique initiative will result in faster responses to emergencies.
Five years ago, Woodbury began a pilot program training a small group of police officers to fight fires in order to improve response times during emergencies. While tighter budgets have limited the program's expansion, the city hopes to train five more of its 65 police officers as firefighters in 2011, bringing its total number of cross-trained officers to 12. The department's goal is 16. "It's definitely something that makes us unique," said Lee Vague, who runs both the Woodbury police and fire departments as public safety chief. It costs $900 to send an officer through fire training and another $1,500 for the gear, which is stored in the back of department SUVs used by the trained officers. For a time, the program stalled due to …