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Brainerd firefighters respond to dryer fire and other calls

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A Brainerd Fire Department fire truck
The Brainerd Fire Department on Laurel Street.
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BRAINERD — The Brainerd Fire Department responded to a dryer fire at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Teeny Bubbles Child Care, 17140 Highway 371.

When crews arrived they found a dryer in the business smoldering, said Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes. Prior to the department's arrival, staff at the facility used fire extinguishers to extinguish most of the fire.

Fire crews extinguished the remaining fire in the dryer and ventilated the building.

Holmes said the children were evacuated to a neighboring business during the incident.

One staff member was precautionarily transported to the hospital because of smoke inhalation. No other injuries were reported.

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Holmes said the fire was likely caused by the dryer being filled past capacity. Around 22 firefighters were on scene for about 1.5 hours.

Crews were also called:

Thursday, Oct. 13

  • At 7:52 p.m. to Crow Wing County Highway Department, 16589 County Road 142, for a fire alarm. Upon investigation, it was determined to be unfounded.
  • At 4:49 p.m. to Diamond Willow Assisted Living, 14396 Grand Oak Drive, for a fire alarm. Upon investigation, it was determined the alarm was caused by burned food.
  • At 3:36 p.m. to Annie’s Child Care, 9630 Ostrowski Way, for a fire alarm. Fire crews were canceled enroute.
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The Dispatch publishes records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.
The Dispatch publishes records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.
The Dispatch publishes records as part of its obligation to inform readers about the business of public institutions and to serve as a keeper of the local historical record.
Two juveniles were charged with arson related to the fire, which caused $75 million in damage, or $232 million in 2022 dollars. However, charges were later dropped. Why?

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