A couple weeks ago, firefighters were called on by a bystander that reported smoke coming from a storage dome. The location was at the 3700th block of Washington Ave and just after 4:00 a.m. on that Friday morning. The building was located in the Upper Harbor Terminal and didn’t have electricity or lighting. The absence of electricity and lighting proved to make things difficult for the firefighters and that led to having them stay on the scene for quite some time. Adding on to these problems was all the smoke that streamed out of the dome building. But finally, at 11 a.m., the firefighter crew completed the job and left. The dome was operated by the company called OTI, who accepts frozen or packaged food, then separates the cardboard and plastic to send the food stored inside to composting sites. The property was owned by The City of Minneapolis, but the stored food was not theirs. The site manager for OTI, Max Milinkovich said that the company started using the location as a food transfer station five months ago. But the question still wanders off to how the fire could have started, and fortunately, no one got hurt. As claimed by Milinkovich that, “ … no one was in there or around there when it started,” (WCCO | CBS Minnesota, 2020, Crews Battled Flames For Hours At Industrial Areas In North Minneapolis).
Many thanks to the firefighters and the bystander that aided in ceasing the flames. If not for the bystander then the fire could have gotten worse that morning, and of course the brave firefighters that helped resolve the issue. As a friendly note to everyone, let’s all help to be more aware of the situations happening around us and to help prevent accidents and life threatening events from occurring. So don’t hesitate to make the call for help.