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City, Local Businesses Come Together to Stick Landing with Red Bull Event

The city does want to remind people that Cascade Park is never an area for these tricks outside of organized events.

DULUTH, Minn.- Putting the Red Bull Heavy Metal Rail Jam together required a team effort from the City of Duluth and even some local businesses. From the clerk’s office issuing permitting, to the Duluth firefighters on scene providing medical attention, 5 city departments were involved. Spirit Mountain crews set up the obstacles, while Damage Board Shop in Lincoln Park shut…

Nearby Residents, Business Owners React To Esmond Building Fire

They said the frequent fires show it's time the building comes down.

DULUTH, Minn.- The frigid firefight at the condemned Esmond building Monday required all hands on deck from not just firefighters but business owners and community members in Lincoln Park. Staff at the All-American Club just across the corner on Michigan Street provided hot coffee, muffins, and sandwiches for crews taking a break. They say they witnessed the last two fires…

Duluth Fire Crews Extinguish Third Fire at Condemned Esmond Building this Winter

According to the Fire Chief, no one was found inside the building when crews arrived on-scene, though they have had reports of individuals inside seeking warmth recently.

DULUTH, Minn.- A massive fire took over the former Seaway Hotel now known as the condemned Esmond Building in the Lincoln Park Craft District Monday, challenging firefighters with its fast spread in sub-arctic temperatures. Crews responded to the fire around 7:30 Monday morning. Just minutes later, three crews were pulled out of the building due to unsafe conditions and fire…

Duluth Fire Department Experiences Historic One Day Number of Retirees

Including Asst. Chief Clint Reff and Fire Marshal Sandy McComb, a combined 256 years of service left the Department Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The end of the year 2021 seeing the retirement of 12 personnel on the Duluth Fire Department – leaving with a combined 256 years of service under their belts. Many of the retirees have worn hats other than firefighter, like Fire Marshal Sandy McComb. Retiring after 24 years, she’s been in charge of car seat clinics for about…

Be Wary of Frostbite, Hypothermia while Ringing in New Year, Firefighters Say

Frostbite can set in in less than 10 minutes on exposed skin, so emergency officials say layers are your friend in the cold.

DULUTH, Minn.- With temperatures dipping in and out of subzero the past few days, Duluth’s firefighters are telling people to be extra careful in the cold to avoid frostbite and hypothermia. Frostbite can set in in less than 10 minutes on exposed skin, so emergency officials say layers are your friend in the cold. But it’s still good to recognize…

Duluth Fire Dept. Set to Break All-Time Record for Yearly 911 Calls

This year, the fire department reports 13,930 calls so far and expect to hit 14,000 by the end of 2021, which would be the highest yearly total in history.

DULUTH, Minn. — The number of 911 calls coming to the Duluth Fire Department is set to hit an all-time record high. This year, the fire department reports 13,930 calls so far and expects to hit 14,000 by the end of 2021, which would be the highest yearly total in history. Members of the fire department say they were worried…

Duluth Fire Officials Remind Residents to Avoid Driving Over Fire Hoses

DULUTH, Minn. – While fighting a recent apartment complex fire in the East Hillside of Duluth, fire crews were dealt with an issue that continues to be a problem during operations throughout the city. The Duluth Fire Department is reminding residents, especially drivers, to avoid driving across fire hoses when they’re in use to fight a fire inside buildings. This…

Stay Safe, Plan Ahead: Duluth Fire Dept. Reminds of Grease Fire Dangers

DULUTH, Minn. – Tis the season to be extra mindful in the kitchen, especially when you have dozens of family members inside for the holiday season. Fire officials are reminding amateur chefs to not take on too many things this holiday season…and avoid getting overwhelmed. This often leads to fires in the kitchen, which nobody wants to deal with during…

Fire Officials Remind Residents of Space Heater Safety

DULUTH, Minn. – Tis the season to think safety. With temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits, the Duluth Fire Department wants to remind Northlanders to think twice before overloading outlets. With many space heaters coming out of hibernation, Deputy Fire Marshal Christopher Orman recommends checking your fire and carbon monoxide alarms before blasting the heat. It’s also important…

Fire Officials Encourage Safety First This Halloween Weekend

Children Should Have Bright Colored Costumes, Reflective Material While Trick-or-Treating

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Fire Department wants to make sure everyone enjoys treats, not tricks this Halloween weekend. They’re looking to remind parents and children of the potential dangers associated with trick-or-treating. After COVID-19 practically sidelined festive fun last year, they’re encouraging parents to have a talk with kids before heading out to collect candy. It’s important to stay…

Pet Oxygen Mask Helps Save the Life of 3-Year-Old Ozzy the Pug

The Duluth Fire Department First Started Receiving Pet Oxygen Masks in 2014

DULUTH, Minn. – Pets in distress. It often happens when a fire breaks out, or during traffic emergencies. Now thanks to a partnership between the Duluth Fire Department and Duluth Veterinary Hospital, local first responders are better equipped to handle our four-legged friends. “I treat them like my kids,” said Coralie Anderson, owner of 3-year-old Ozzy the Pug. It’s a…

Minnesota Firefighters Who Gave Ultimate Sacrifice Remembered on Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day

Crews say it’s also important to raise awareness of the biggest cause of job-related deaths among firefighters -- cancer and other health issues.

DULUTH, Minn.- Across the state of Minnesota Sunday, firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty or due to job-related causes were honored for their service on Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Day. In Duluth, 19 firefighters from as far back as the 1800s to 2010 were remembered for paying the ultimate sacrifice. “It’s not always what you see…

Duluth Fire Rescues 2 From Water Off Park Point After Sailboat Capsizes

They were retrieved by Marine 19 and did not need medical attention.

DULUTH, Minn.- Two people were rescued from the water by Duluth Firefighters after their sailboat capsized near the Sky Harbor Airport on Park Point. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department, crews responded to the initial report of the capsized vessel around 8 p.m. Friday. Two were confirmed in the water, they were retrieved by Marine 19 and…

Lightning Damages Steeple of Hope City Church, Leaves Building Structurally Unsound

Due to the amount of debris and the building's structural concerns, streets will remained closed to vehicular traffic over Saturday night.

DULUTH, Minn.- A lightning strike damaged both a Duluth church and a nearby water main during thunderstorms Saturday night, and officials are monitoring the structure overnight. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department, at approximately 7:45 p.m., crews responded to Hope City Church at 417 North 3rd Avenue East, after a recording party said that the church had…

Boys and Girls Club Youth Test Out Firefighting Skills

72 kids put their skills to the test with a chair climb, dragging a hose and dummy through the course, and other obstacles.

DULUTH, Minn.- Some local youth from the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland got to see first-hand what it takes to be a firefighter at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center today. For the Youth Firefighter Combat Challenge, 72 kids put their skills to the test with a chair climb, dragging a hose and dummy through the course, and other…

Duluth Fire Responds To Overturned Sailboat off Park Point

The boat belonged to the Duluth Superior Sailing Association, and officials there said they train young sailors how to overturn a flipped boat.

DULUTH, Minn.- Wind gusts over 30 miles an hour Sunday made sailing a little difficult, resulting in a water emergency call on the bay-side of Park Point. According to a spokesperson with the Duluth Fire Department Marine 1 and Marine 19 responded to a sailboat that flipped with the report of a person struggling in the water. The boat belonged…

Decades-Old WWJC Radio Station Heavily Damaged In Early Morning Fire

The former General Manager shares his memories working at WWJC, and his hopes it hits the airwaves again soon.

DULUTH, Minn.- Burned wreckage and memories are all that’s left of the building that housed WWJC radio in Gary New Duluth, after an early Sunday fire took out the nearly 60-year-old station’s transmitters, taking it off the air. “We were the first Christian station in the Twin Ports,” said the Station’s Former General Manager, Ted Elm. “Sad to say that…

WWJC Christian Radio Heavily Damaged in Structure Fire

Damage in equipment alone is estimated at over $500,000. Damage costs to the structure are estimated to be around $75,000.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth Christian radio station was left heavily damaged in a structure Sunday, with the cause unknown, according to the Duluth Fire Department. According to a spokesperson with the department, at approximately 3:08 a.m. Sunday morning someone driving by reported that flames were coming from the building housing WWJC AM 850 Radio at 1120 East McCuen Street. On…

Duluth Fire Rescues 20-Year-Old Woman from Rip Currents off Park Point

Two rescue swimmers from rescue 1 were able to use a rescue surfboard to reach the victim, and help her to shore.

DULUTH, Minn.- A 20-year-old woman was swept up in those violent waves Saturday and had to be rescued by the Duluth fire Department. Fire officials responded to the report of a woman pulled away 200 yards from shore on the 2800 block of Minnesota Ave around 4:00 p.m. The water was actually too choppy to use the Marine 19 boat,…

Duluth Fire Warns of Dangerous Swimming Conditions Due to High Rip Current Risk

Officials warn to stay out of the water regardless of your swimming experience.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department issued a dangerous swimming condition warning for Park Point beaches Saturday, due to the high risk of rip currents, effective immediately. According to the Duluth Fire Department the warning lasts until 10:00 a.m. August 8. This warning means that wind and wave conditions can support rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the…

Car Seat Clinics Push for Proper Installation, Usage

Organizers say 3 out of 4 car seats are not used or installed correctly, which can result in injuries to a child if an accident were to occur.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department and St. Luke’s Hospital are teaming up over the next few months to educate parents on car seat safety. Car seat clinics will be going on at different fire stations throughout Duluth. Organizers say 3 out of 4 car seats are not used or installed correctly, which can result in injuries to a child…

DECC Ammonia Leak Highlights Building’s Aging Equipment

Duluth Fire officials said their brand new Hazmat 31 rig and its state-of-the-art tech was integral in their response.

DULUTH, Minn.- The DECC’s public spaces were clear of ammonia and safe to enter Wednesday, after a major leak overnight. DECC officials say it’s the result of the convention center’s aging infrastructure that needs serious investment. “Went through the lion’s share of the building with a reader to see if any of the ammonia smell was around anymore and the…

Duluth Fire Aims to Promote Firework Safety with Chalk It Up Campaign

Officials say every year nearly 100 injuries statewide happen from fireworks, 40%  of which happen to kids.

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department is back with a Fourth Of July effort to give families in Duluth a safe and quiet way to experience fireworks this weekend. For the Chalk It Up campaign, people are encouraged to draw fireworks with chalk and send a picture of it to the fire department for a chance to win prizes. Officials…

Crews Respond to Overnight Duluth Heights Neighborhood Fire

The damage to the home is estimated at $75,000. 

DULUTH, Minn. — The Duluth Fire Department responded to a house fire around midnight on Friday morning at 6 West Linden Street in the Duluth Heights neighborhood. When crews arrived, they found a large amount of fire on the porch of the home. Two residents were able to escape and taken to a local hospital for treatment. Two cats were…

Duluth Police, Fire Call 2021 Grandma’s Marathon a Breeze

Due in large part to 2021 changes to Grandma's Marathon, Duluth Police and firefighters say that this year's race was one of the safest in years.

DULUTH, Minn.- Due in large part to 2021 changes to Grandma’s Marathon, Duluth Police and firefighters say that this year’s race was one of the safest in years. Officers tell us there was little to no crime or civil disorder as the smaller crowds of people spread out in Canal and Bayfront were well behaved and excited to get back…

Duluth Teen Hailed as Hero for Saving Family from House Fire

15-year-old Lizzy Grayhawk awoke to the second story of her home on the 1100 block of East 10th street on fire -- heavy flames coming from a second story window.

DULUTH, Minn.- A Duluth family is lucky to be alive after their house went up in flames, and fire officials are calling the family’s 15-year-old daughter a hero in the fire fight. “You might’ve been scared, but you really were a hero last night,” Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj said to Lizzy Grayhawk Tuesday. The Grayhawk family all safe and…

Duluth City Leaders Submit $44.5 Million in Earmark Spending Requests

The Requests Have Been Submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, Further Review is Pending

DULUTH, Minn. – The City of Duluth is currently eligible to receive more federal funding under the Biden Administration. Five Congressional Directed Spending requests, or “earmarks,” have been submitted to Minnesota Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said the following during a press briefing on the requests Tuesday morning. “There is no guarantee that all of…

15-Year-Old Credited with Saving Families Lives in Morning Structure Fire

The red cross is currently assisting the family displaced by the fire. 

DULUTH, Minn. — A 15-year-old girl is credited with saving her family’s lives during a  structure fire Tuesday morning. The Duluth fire department responded to a two-story single-family home just before one o’clock Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of East 10th Street. Crews noticed heavy fire on the second floor of the building. The four adults and four children…

Duluth Fire Dept: Rip Currents ‘can quite easily develop’ While Swimming

There was not a red flag rip current warning in effect at the time, so officials advise caution when swimming.

DULUTH, Minn- The Duluth Fire Department is urging the public to be cautious and alert when swimming the beaches on Park Point this summer, after they rescued a teen from sudden and unforeseen rip currents Saturday. “It’s just a good reminder that Lake Superior can be very unpredictable. The weather here in Duluth is very unpredictable, these conditions can develop…

Three UMD Students Displaced, Uninjured After House Fire

No one in the home or firefighters were injured.

DULUTH, Minn.- A house near the UMD campus erupted in flames late Friday night, displacing three students, who were uninjured. According to a spokesperson for the Duluth Fire Department, at 11:37 p.m. Friday a fire was reported on the second story on the 200 block of West Kent Road near the University of Minnesota Duluth campus. The fire was reported…

Duluth Offers Advice on How to be Ready for Heat Wave with Pets and Children

By knowing the heat index, experts suggest being aware of your limitations, and by not pushing them when there is heat like this.

DULUTH, Minn.–With temperatures in the high 80’s, and in some areas the 90’s this weekend, experts are trying to remind the community to not take any unnecessary risks when it comes to your children and pets in this weather. If you’re planning on taking your dog out to play or for a run, Animal Allies suggests doing it earlier or…

Veterans, Active Servicemen in Community Take Time to Remember Fallen on Memorial Day

Veterans and active duty military members in the Northland observed Memorial Day from work -- some in jobs that keep our community running and safe.

DULUTH, Minn.- While different events honored those who gave their lives for our country, veterans and active duty military members in the Northland observed Memorial Day from work — some in jobs that keep our community running and safe. Across the country at 3 p.m. Taps Across America events held a moment of silence and presented the colors honoring service…

Firefighters Share Grill Safety Tips Ahead of Summer Barbecue Season

Charcoal should also be stored in a dry area because if it gets wet and need to be dried charcoal can be heat sensitive.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Memorial Day being the unofficial kickoff to summer, many break out and fire up the grill for the season, so the Duluth Fire Department wants to remind the public of proper grill safety. According to state rules open flames are prohibited on decks of apartments with three or more dwelling units. Firefighters also say to be cautious…

Historic J.B. Ford Freighter Catches Fire in Duluth Scrapyard

Firefighters were able to knock down the flames within an hour, and no one was injured.

DULUTH, Minn.- A busy day for the Duluth Fire Department brought them to a fire aboard the century-old J.B. Ford freighter in the Duluth port Monday — and age seemed to work against the ship, its old bones proving to be easily flammable. The J.B. Ford is the oldest intact lake freighter still floating, launching in 1903 in Ohio. It…

Burst Pipe Sends Water Gushing Through Skywalk, Into Greysolon Plaza

According to Duluth Fire Crews, no one was injured or displaced from Greysolon.

DULUTH, Minn.- A scare at Duluth’s Greysolon plaza on East Superior Street downtown on Tuesday, after water came gushing into part of the building and out onto the alley behind, a burst water pipe in the Skywalk to blame. According to Duluth Fire Crews, no one was injured or displaced as a result of this. The recent extreme cold, coupled…

Multiple Anglers Rescued from Lake Superior After Ice Breaks Free

Angler Jack Norquist Tells FOX 21 Ice Was Roughly 8 - 10 Inches Thick at the Time of the Incident

DULUTH, Minn. – The Northland is a playground for many winter enthusiasts, especially for anglers when temps dip well below zero. On Tuesday, entertainment turned into an extreme rescue operation as roughly 30 anglers had to be brought back to land after ice on Lake Superior broke free. “We were out fishing and heard a big loud boom,” said angler…

First Responders Advise Caution As Sledding Injuries Increase

Duluth Firefighters say be careful before sledding as recent warming and freezing cycles have made snow extra slick. 

DULUTH, Minn.-Many people are pent up at home and want to get outside and enjoy the winter, but our fluffy snow has gotten a little slick and hard, causing some kids and adults to get hurt while sledding around Duluth. According to officials with the City of Duluth, emergency personnel have responded to more than a dozen sledding injuries recently,…

Duluth Six-Year-Old Gets Big-Rig Birthday Parade with Fire, Tow Trucks

The Duluth Fire Department as well as local tow trucks lined the streets in front of Fenix's house.

DULUTH, Minn.- One young boy in Duluth got a special surprise his birthday Sunday — a parade full of trucks. The Duluth Fire Department as well as local tow trucks lined the streets in front of young Fenix’s house on Second Street and 18th Avenue West in the Endion Neighborhood. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, Fenix couldn’t have a…

Saturday’s Fire on First Street Causes Concerns of Duluth’s Old Structures

Staff at Legacy Glassworks said that fires are a problem them, and other businesses on that street should be prepared for with structures this old.

DULUTH, Minn.- Following the fire in Downtown Duluth that destroyed a building at 118 E. 1st Street, other businesses along that road said the number of fires happening to older buildings on their street is cause for a little alarm. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and the Duluth Fire Marshal’s office is asking the public for…

Unsafe Structure of Kozy Prolongs Investigation into Cause of Latest Fire, Chief Says

Chief Krizaj said a natural spark like lightning isn't suspected, and no electricity or people were found inside.

DULUTH, Minn.- Duluth’s Fire Chief spoke out Monday involving Sunday’s fire, once again at the condemned former Kozy building in Downtown Duluth — with the cause still under investigation. According to the Chief, the fire broke out around 9:50 Sunday morning, on the second floor above the bar. The flames were put out around three in the afternoon. “We got…

Storm Damage in Duluth Not as Bad as Past Storms, City Officials Say

While officials said they were prepared for storms as severe as those in the past, city officials said all in all, Duluth got out of the mix relatively unscathed. 

DULUTH, Minn.- Following a Friday night of turbulent storms, Duluth city officials said that the city had not taken much heavy damage, compared to nearby localities. On Friday the Duluth Fire Department responded to over a dozen calls of trees down on houses, cars, and power lines causing sparks. Meanwhile, the Public Works Department responded to about six calls of…

Experts Share Tips on Keeping Family, Pets Safe in Intense Summer Heat

Duluth Fire Officials and experts from Animal Allies weigh in on keeping pets and people hydrated and protected.

DULUTH, Minn.- Summer heat doesn’t last long in the Northland. While you enjoy it for the short time it’s here, experts say it’s important to do so safely. The first few weeks of summer have been scorchers in the Northland, with temperatures this past week reaching 90 degrees for the first time since August 2018 and temps nearing 90 Fourth…

Park Point Beaches Packed with Swimmers Despite Rip Current Warning, Choppy Water

Many spent the hot second week of summer on the shore or in the water, despite the Red Flag Warning

DULUTH, Minn.- The Duluth Fire Department issued a red-flag warning on Park Point Beaches Sunday because of a high risk of Rip Currents. Despite this, many on the beaches said they felt safe as long as they were careful and didn’t swim out far from shore. Sunday’s cooler temperatures were a welcome feeling for many after a week of 70’s…

Duluth Police, Fire Hold Surprise Easter Parade in Harbor Highlands

Kids ran out to wave as the firetrucks and police cars drove past.

DULUTH, Minn.- The sounds of sirens, some very excited kids, filled the Harbor Highlands neighborhood Sunday. Members of the Duluth Police and Fire Departments pulled together a surprise Easter Parade for everyone there. “Break up the monotony for all the ids up here, probably have had their routines with what they’re used to doing: playing with their friends, going to…

Minnesota Fire Deaths on the Rise, Mostly Smoking-Related

Duluth Fire Officials share with us why, and how to further prevent one from starting.

DULUTH, Minn.- According to the Minnesota State Fire Marshal, 42 people died in fires statewide in 2019, a 14% increase from 2018, preliminary numbers say. The leading cause of these fires is smoking, with at least seven people dying in smoking related fires last year. According to Duluth Fire Department leaders, these fires tend to start outside by people improperly…

Crews Busy Clearing Snow from Roofs to Avoid Ice Dams and Vent Blockages

Snow removal businesses seeing an increase in business after the storms.

DULUTH, Minn.- Roads aren’t the only things experiencing problems under all the snow–roofs should be added to your shoveling list. Big piles of snow can create bigger problems in the form of ice dams and blocked vents, which can cause issues not just on your roof, but inside your house. Crews with businesses like Duluth Ice Dam Removal are three…

Avoiding a Fire on Thanksgiving

The Duluth Fire Department offered some tips to the public on ways to avoid fires on Thursday.

DULUTH, Minn.- With Thanksgiving just two days away, it is a time for family and holiday traditions. For some, that includes deep frying a turkey. The Duluth Fire Department offered some tips to the public on ways to avoid fires on Thursday. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day here in…

Torah Scroll Remnants from Adas Israel Synagogue Fire Caught in Garage Fire

Remnants of four Torah scrolls stored in storage garage to be buried, garage caught fire Sunday.

DULUTH, Minn.- More than two months since the Adas Israel Synagogue burned to the ground, a new tragedy has struck the congregation–remnants of four Torah scrolls that were damaged in the original fire were caught in another fire Sunday. Rabbi Phillip Sher of the Adas Israel Congregation said the remnants of those four Torah scrolls were stored in that garage…

Rural Fire Departments Train to Combat Car and Structure Fires

Two volunteer rural departments and the Duluth Fire Department train in Lakewood.

LAKEWOOD, Minn.- Two rural Fire Departments and the Duluth Fire Department teamed up for training, to work on their response to car and structure fires. The two rural departments, Lakewood and Normanna, are volunteer run, with the training taking place at Lakewood Fire Hall. Crews burned a test car supplied by the State Fire Marshall, to simulate the high flames…

Update: One Dead in Lake Superior Water Emergency

Two men rescued, all three were employees of Roen Salvage of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

DULUTH, Minn. – One person is dead and two others are lucky to be alive after their boat capsized into the frigid waters of Lake Superior at the end of Park Point during Monday’s Red Flag warning. According to St. Louis County Undersheriff Dave Phillips, the men were believed to be working in the harbor as part of a dredging…