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Brainerd firefighters battle cold on back-to-back calls

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Brainerd firefighters battle cold on back-to-back calls
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Brainerd firefighters battled the intense frosty air with two back-to-back calls Monday night when the air temperature was around 18 below zero, with a wind chill factor of 37 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.


The first call came in at 7:02 p.m. of a fire in the wall of a home on the 1000 block of 12th Avenue Northeast in Brainerd.

Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the family was cooking when they could hear crackling in the wall. Stunek said the fire in the wall made its way up to one of the bedrooms. Firefighters were able to contain the fire in about 20 minutes.

Stunek said the cause of the fire appeared to be from an electrical issue. The fire caused about $25,000 in damages and the family of two adults and a child will not be able to live there until the home is fixed. Stunek said the family has relatives in the area and will live with them until the home is repaired. The family rented the home owned by Chris Michlitsch.

Brainerd Fire and Rescue responded with an engine and a ladder truck, with 26 firefighters.

The second call came in at 7:27 p.m. Part of the firefighting crew took off with the engine from the northeast Brainerd home to respond to the call on the 700 block of Eighth Street. The call came in as smoke began to fill the house. When firefighters arrived, they found no fire, but found smoke in the house caused by cooking grease. Firefighters cleared the scene on Eighth Street at 9:34 p.m.

Firefighters were on scene of the first call until 9:59 p.m.

Tuesday morning calls were quiet at the Brainerd Fire Hall, until firefighters were called at 1:31 p.m. to USA Karate, 7771 College Road, in Baxter, to a general alarm. Firefighters investigated and found nothing.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at

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