“The call comes in for a structure fire which gets everybody’s adrenaline going and they said there was smoke in the building. And we know that this place is occupied so we all mobilized right away.” ~ Pequot Lakes Fire Chief Tom Nelson
More than 30% of fireworks injuries are from sparklers and 45% of firework injuries happen to children, according to statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and State Fire Marshal Office. Statistics also showed an average of 75 hospital visits each year in Minnesota due to fireworks injuries.
An Arctic Cat 500 ATV had been operating on a driveway when the driver made a sharp turn causing the machine to roll, ejecting the occupants off the machine and pinning them underneath it, authorities reported.
“We had 19 firefighters participate along with many families there to show their support and cheer us on,” Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes stated. “Firefighters from Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, and Crosslake participated.”
PEQUOT LAKES — Smoke was visible from as far away as Gull Lake as a raging fire erupted during a frigid morning Thursday, Jan. 16, destroying an unoccupied house in Maple Township, southwest of Pequot Lakes.