Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Vacant House On The Odd Side Of 2000 Queen Ave. N. Destroyed--Two Men Witnessed Running From The Scene

Videos and blog post by John Hoff

A vacant house at 2031 Queen Ave. N. in Minneapolis was destroyed by fire on February 2, 2011, at about 10 PM. This address is not 100 percent confirmed due to confusion on the scene about the precise location. Clearly, the actual numbers on the house were burned the hell up, but the last odd side house on that block seems to be 2031 Queen Ave. N. based on Minneapolis property records, which also contain information about the house being vacant.

Two males were seen running from the house and getting into a late model truck, according to a high ranking police source. Neighbors on the scene said squatters had periodically occupied the house. An equally vacant house in close proximity--believed to be 2027 Queen Ave. N.--was saved only by the quick and skillful work of Minneapolis firefighters.

Johnny Northside blog received word of the house fire through a Facebook posting by a Northside revitalizer and rushed to Queen Ave. N. with a video camera. The house was more flame than house by the time...

...I arrived, just in time to see the total collapse of the structure. Sparky debri flew up with a massive column of smoke and steam, then drifted down to earth in little fireballs. At least one piece was bigger than the hand of an adult, and landed half a block from the fire.


Queen Avenue Homie said...

Holy Fire Batman!

Or like Paris Hilton would say

"That's Hot!"

Anonymous said...

"Two males were seen running from the house". Maybe one went home to get his camera?

Johnny Northside! said...

You poor little trolls try and try, type until your fingers are worn down to nubby little bones, but you just don't get any political traction, do you? Sometimes I actually pity you.

In the meantime...

The mighty blog-wielding forces of revitalization march, triumphant and unstoppable, toward Urban Utopia.

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.