Sunday, February 6, 2011

More Info On The Home At 2031 Queen Ave. N., Destroyed By Fire...

Above, a melted window next door at 2027 Queen Ave. N.
Above, the remains of 2031 Queen Ave. N.
Arson placards were posted at the scene

Photos and blog post by John Hoff

The home destroyed by fire at 2031 Queen Ave. N.--an address which has now been positively confirmed despite some uncertainty on the night of the fire, click here for previous blog post--was once for sale for $149,900. However, at the time of the fire the listing had been long expired.

A visit to the scene some nights later revealed that the house next door at 2027 Queen Ave. N., which...

...firefighters fought valiantly to save, is actually and ironically a CONDEMNED HOUSE. The fire at 2031 Queen Ave. N. was so hot it melted one of the windows at 2027 Queen Ave. N., photographed above. I could not determine whether the window was glass or plastic.

Also, I couldn't help but notice SOMEBODY (whether it was county, city, or some private entity) had lost no time dumping excess snow on the newly vacant lot.

Scrutinizing the city's records on this property turns up an interesting anomaly: the building was placed on the vacant building registration on February 4, 2011. This was AFTER the fire.

1 comment:

NoMi Passenger said...

This appeared in the Strib this morning:

MINNEAPOLIS - Investigators have ruled a north Minneapolis house fire that burned near a frozen hydrant was arson.

Firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze last Wednesday night. No one was hurt.

A hydrant near the intersection was not working. Minneapolis Water Works determined the hydrant was frozen.

Other hydrants in the area worked. The fire department says it's common for more than one hydrant to be used on fire scenes.

While the frozen hydrant had been checked three times so far this winter to make sure there was no water inside, rain and snowmelt can fill the jacket surrounding the hydrant and cause it to freeze.