St. Cloud Fire station catches fire, and you thought you were having a bad day!

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The Saint Cloud MN Fire station caught fire, and you thought you had a bad day.

St. Cloud Firehouse that caught fireNot long ago I had a bad day. A Really Bad Day, and as often happens, it was on a Monday! The feature of the day was my Buyer getting rejected by the Lender, and subsequent events piled on until, by late afternoon I was feeling pretty well Whipped!

I have had bad days like this before, and will again. Sometimes it's minor stuff like finding the chandelier in a vacant home, while walking backwards and talking to the Buyers. Ouch, crash, smash!

We've all had days when it seems like everything is going wrong, and you just have to take a mandatory breath of air, and push on through. I have gone out the back door and walked around the parking lot to clear my head. You tell yourself, "Tomorrow will be better.", or, "Heck, I'm glad I got all that outta the way. The rest of the month should be a breeze!", and "I think I'll buy a Powerball on the way home!"

Picture of the fire damage to the Saint Cloud MN firestationThis morning on my way to the office I drove by the St. Cloud Fire Department Station near our home, and noticed a charred fire engine out front. Then I noticed the burned building behind it. Yup, the Saint Cloud fire department caught on fire! One firefighter has a bit of smoke inhalation and is being treated at the hospital, the building was heavily damaged and the firetruck is a total loss. But aside from one firefighter, who will be fine, everyone is okay. Thank goodness!

It seems the fire engine had an electrical problem and simply started on fire and next thing they knew the fire station was ablaze. Residential garage fires can happen in this same manner, although in this area it's usually because someone leaves the car running to warm it up.

Up until now I took them for granted. I figured we were pretty secure with a fire station just over the hill, whenever we needed them. (side note: we did need them last spring, and they were the first ones to arrive, in the very truck that burned up this morning)

Here is my perspective. This could happen to anyone! Tuesday we had a violent storm roll in with 58 mph winds and driven rain that took out trees and flooded basements, and knocked out power to parts of the city; and we came through okay. Last night the local St. Cloud fire station burned. These things could happen to anyone at any time, so count your blessings, say your prayers, and hug your family and tell them you love them. Oh, and pay your insurance on time:)


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Jane & Jeff Daley, PhD
Luxury Valley Homes Scottsdale - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale Real Estate Arizona

It just goes to show that no one is truly safe.  I wonder if they had insurance of if St Cloud is self insured by the tax payers.

Oct 29, 2010 10:20 AM #1
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Wow, that is an amazing sight!  Glad no one was injured, though.  You're right - anything can happen to anyone!

Oct 29, 2010 01:15 PM #2
Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.

Jeff and Jane: I wondered about the insurance question myself. I will ask when I get a chance.

Susan: It really opens my eyes. It would not take much for this to happen to any of us, and how devastating would that be?

Nov 01, 2010 05:45 AM #3
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Steve--Makes me wonder about all of those homeowners that remove a section of the fire resistant sheet rock for access to the crawl space above the garage and not create a proper fire safe door. There are reasons for these construction restrictions and a fire truck that "spontaneously combusted" should be an eye opener to home owners. Yes, it truly can happen to anyone.

Nov 03, 2010 03:15 AM #4
Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
Treating Buyers & Sellers to Full Service Always.

Teri: A good percentage of the fire calls I read about locally are garage fires. You know what we do in Minnesota; we go out and start the car for 20 minutes and let it warm up in the garage, with the door open part way I hope. Good point about the fire retardant sheet rock. Liz (Wife/Web Mistress) has heated seats:)

Nov 03, 2010 10:23 AM #5
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

Great post Steve - and full of irony.  I'm glad everyone is okay. Important lessons to be learned by us all. 

Nov 04, 2010 01:42 AM #6
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