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Streets Around Adas Israel Synagogue Closed as Fire Crews Investigate Cause

Fire was the biggest they've seen in while, Fire Chief said.

DULUTH, Minn.- At a press conference, the Duluth Fire Chief released an update on the fire that burned down the Adas Israel Synagogue in Duluth. The East Third Street building caught fire around 2:30 Monday morning, in a blaze the Fire Chief said is the biggest they’ve seen in a while. It took crews a few hours to get the…

Red Flag Warning in Effect for Park Point Beaches

Conditions Have Been Deeemed Dangerous Through 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 3

DULUTH, Minn. – Due to the High Risk of Rip Currents today, the Duluth Fire Department has issued a warning for dangerous effective immediately and continuing until 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 3. The warning means wind and wave conditions are unsafe to anyone entering the water. Duluth fire officials advise you to stay out of the water regardless of your…

Duluth Council Approves Shawn Krizaj As Fire Chief

Unanimous vote appoints Krizaj after Edwards stepped down.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Monday night the Duluth City Council voted 7-0 to appoint Mayor Emily Larson’s choice for the city’s next Fire Chief, Shawn Krizaj. Krizaj has been with the Duluth Fire Department for almost 22 years, starting as a firefighter and working his way up to Deputy Chief. Most recently he became Acting Chief in April, when Dennis Edwards…

Guns and Hoses Play Ball for Good Cause

12th annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball game raises money for Northern Lights Foundation.

DULUTH, Minn.- The bases were loaded, the crowd was pumped, and the players knew all eyes were on them to play a good game, for a great cause. Every year Duluth Firefighters and Police Officers battle it out on the diamond in the 12th Annual Guns and Hoses Charity Softball Game, to raise money for the Northern Lights Foundation, which…

Chance Meeting Leads to Friendship for Boy and Firefighter

No one could have predicted the boy who was saved would have a surprise reunion with that very same firefighter years later.

DULUTH, Minn. – What started off as an emergency call to firefighters and paramedics by a Northland woman with a high risk pregnancy turned into an unlikely friendship years later. Firefighters often help out on people’s worst days. So when Sarah Crowell went into labor and needed emergency assistance Duluth firefighter Captain Mark Herman was there. Though, no one could…

Connecting A Community Through A Kitten

We catch up with those first responders along with the woman fostering "Stormy"

DULUTH, Minn.- Earlier this week, we shared with you the story of a kitten saved from a storm drain by some local fire fighters. Today, we caught up with those first responders, along with the woman who is fostering the kitten for the time being. Wednesday night, the Duluth Fire Department responded to an unusual public assists request in a…

No Injuries in Fire at CCU College of Hair in Downtown Duluth

Cause of fire still unknown, building was unoccupied.

DULUTH, Minn.- The cause of a fire at CCU College of Hair on West Superior Street is still unknown, according to Duluth Fire officials. No one was injured, as the building was unoccupied. Crews responded to a report of black smoke in the area of 1st Avenue West. Upon arrival, they made entry from the alley side of the building….

Duluth Fire Offers Tips To Avoid Fire

After a Duluth fire last night, Duluth Fire put out a reminder to avoid electrical fires in your home

DULUTH, Minn.- Scary moments, for a Duluth family that needed to be rescued from a house fire. The call for help came in around 11:30 Sunday night on the 600 block of Central Avenue. When firefighters arrived, three people were waiting by a second floor window. A dog and cat were also rescued. The cause of the fire is believed…

Remembering Former Fire Chief Larry Bushey

32-Year Firefighter Passes Away

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth Fire Department is remembering the life of longtime former Fire Chief Larry Bushey. He passed away Friday at St. Luke’s Hospital, at the age of 85. His visitation will take place Tuesday from 5pm-7pm at Dougherty Funeral Home. He will be buried in Forest Hill Cemetery. There are many remarkable things about Lawrence Bushey, or Larry as…

City Council Approves New Budget

Budget for Fiscal Year 2019 Goes Up, Minimal Cuts

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth City Council approved a new budget for the city Monday night. The budget is expected to be $3 million bigger than 2018’s. Councilors said the amount of cuts in this budget are minimal at best. Changes include adding $280,000 for park maintenance. At the council meeting they also had the first reading of an amendment that…

Duluth Fire and St. Luke’s Help with Car Seat Safety

Child Car Seat Safety Clinic Held at Duluth Fire Department

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Center for Disease Control, in one year, more than 618,000 children ages 12 and under rode in a vehicle without a car seat. On Thursday, the Duluth Fire Department and St. Luke’s took measures to change that. At Duluth Fire Station #7, they hosted a totally free Child Car Seat Safety Clinic, where licensed technicians…

Community Builds Relationships At Kids, Cops and Cars

Kids, Cars and Cops has been around for more than three years.

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a busy day at Bayfront Festival Park. Hundreds of kids and their families turned out for the annual Kids, Cops and Cars event; where a big goal is connecting the community with members of law enforcement and other agencies. The formula being used to build positive community relationships involves kids, cops and cars. Police squad…

Duluth Police, Fire Departments to Compete at Wade Stadium Thursday

The 11th Annual Guns and Hoses Fundraiser for the Northern Lights Foundation is Happening Thursday, August 9

DULUTH, Minn. – This Thursday, August 8, tension will be running high at Wade Stadium in Duluth as the battle continues between the Duluth Fire Department and the Duluth Police Department for the 11th Annual Guns and Hoses Fundraiser. The event benefits and raises funds for the Northern Lights Foundation, which provides financial support to families with children who have…

Duluth Fire Department One Step Closer To Having Cancer Prevention Gear

The turnout gear can last more than 10 years.

DULUTH, Minn. – Cancer is the leading cause of death among firefighters. The Duluth Fire Department may be getting closer to their goal to make sure each of the 132 firefighters in operation have the proper gear to help prevent cancer. When fire crews respond to a fire, they typically get covered with toxic ash from burnt plastic or other…

Safety First this Fourth of July

The Duluth Fire Department Reminds of Important Safety Tips as People Ignite Fireworks this Independence Day

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department wants everyone to take in the “oohs and awes without the ouch” this Independence Day. The 4th of July can bring out the best outdoor entertainment with warm weather, grilling, parades, and fireworks, however, Duluth Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl wants to remind folks that fireworks come with extreme danger if not enjoyed with caution….

Duluth Firefighters Volunteer Time to Help People With Disabilities

Other Access North services include independent living skills training and peer mentoring.

DULUTH, Minn. – Firefighters may not always have a lot of free time because they’re busy trying to keep the community safe. But some firefighters with the Duluth Fire Department (DFD) decided to give back to the community by putting in work in a different way. One firefighter says doing something like this hits close to home because his grandfather…

Duluth Fire Department Welcomes New Firefighters

All new hires took part in Firefighter I and II basic level of training.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department (DFD) is growing after the addition of four new firefighters. The positions opened up after some firefighters retired or left due to long-term disability. The new hires will spend about four months at headquarters before working at outside stations like Spirit Valley and University of Minnesota Duluth. “We have our own hose loads…

Duluth Fire Department Will Soon Have A Drone

The Fire Department is expected to have the drone sometime in April.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department is taking their rescue efforts to the skies with a drone. The small unmanned aircraft system has been in the works for a year and a half. With the drone firefighters will fly and use the technology for a variety of hazmat and fire operations along with search and rescue and water rescue. “This is…

Duluth Fire Station is Home to Nearly 100 Years of History

Northland Uncovered: Fire Station 10

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is home to eight fire stations. Some of those are nearly 100 years old. That includes Station 10 in Gary New Duluth. It was built in 1927 and was first occupied in 1928. Originally, the building housed both the fire department and police department, along with a library and community center. “We had…

Fire Department Shares Rescue Efforts & Tips For Pet Safety

Firefighters say the main reason for loss of life is because a victim's oxygen has been compromised.

DULUTH, Minn. – Over the last few weeks several big house fires have happened in the Northland. In those fires, pets weren’t able to make it out alive. On Feb 6. three dogs died in a structure fire in Duluth. FOX21 checked in with the Gary Fire Station, the first crew to arrive at Tuesday’s fire. They tell us pets inside of…

How to Safely Heat your Home

Officials say space heaters are a safe option, but should be treated like a candle.

DULUTH, Minn.- It’s time for many Northlanders to bundle up outside and at home. Many locals are cranking up space heaters but officials want to remind us to warm up safely. This chilly time of year fire departments receive many of house calls. Space heaters are flying off the shelves at local shops, which are a common way to heat a…

Thanksgiving Fire Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for firefighters.

DULUTH, Minn.-  Thanksgiving turkey can be delicious, but in some homes it can be quite dangerous. The number of fires on Thanksgiving day, are typically three times higher than on an average day. The Duluth Fire Department told FOX21 some key tips to make sure your feast is fire free. Typically on this holiday several dishes are cooking in the…

Duluth Fire Department To Receive Emergency Response Boat

The boat can hold up to eight firefighters in a remote area and four if it's for a common response and not a firefighting need.

DULUTH, Minn. – The U.S. Coast Guard recently identified several gaps in resources in the port of Duluth and Superior. But now both fire departments will have an extra boost. “We will train with Superior Fire Department at some point, so they get an understanding of what the vessel’s capability is and where it’d be most useful in their area,…

Van Crashes into Police Cruiser, Fire Rig as Brakes Fail

Duluth Police Were Investigating Another Crash

DULUTH, Minn. – Duluth Police are investigating after a crash took place on the 900 block of Central Entrance Dr. Tuesday night. Authorities got the call at 9:19 p.m. A 24-year-old male lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. No other vehicles were involved. Authorities say the man was taken to a Duluth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Shortly after…

House Fire Spreads Next Door in Lincoln Park

Duluth Fire Causes Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Damage

DULUTH, Minn. – A house in Duluth went up in flames Monday night and the fire spread next door. The Duluth Fire Department got a call at 10 p.m. for a structure fire at 2008 W. 3rd St. While en route, firefighters were notified of possibly trapped occupants. Upon arrival we found heavy fire coming from the rear of the house…

Local Heroes to Battle on Ice

Hockey Game Supports Northern Lights Foundation

DULUTH, Minn. – Local heroes will soon be battling on the ice for a good cause. The Duluth Police Department and Duluth Fire Department are preparing for a hockey game for a good cause. Proceeds from the hockey game will go to The Northern Lights Foundation. The foundation provides grants to Northland families with children battling life-threatening illnesses. These grants can…

Man Dies in Lakeside House Fire

Firefighters Remained on Scene for Four Hours

DULUTH, Minn. – Tuesday morning a deadly fire broke out in the Lakeside neighborhood of Duluth. At midnight, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a report of a fully involved structure fire at 4516 Cooke Street. When crews arrived on scene they reported a person was possibly still inside. Crews immediately started to attack the fire and search for anyone…