NEWPORT - There were no reported injuries from a Monday afternoon fire, Nov. 26, 2018, at a truck maintenance and storage facility in St. Paul Park, but the blaze kept multiple fire agencies busy until well after dark.
“We had it knocked down in about an hour,” Newport Fire Chief Steve Wiley said Tuesday. “But we were chasing hot spots for another four or five hours.”
The fire destroyed the structure at 200 Hastings Ave., which was owned by Quade and Sons. The business is located on the border of Newport and St. Paul Park.
Wiley said Newport Fire personnel were notified about 4:20 p.m. after an employee noticed smoke.
“When we got there the building was pretty well fully involved,” Wiley said.
They were assisted by fire companies from St. Paul Park, Woodbury and Inver Grove as well as Cottage Grove fire and EMS.
The blaze sent black smoke drifting across Highway 61, slowing rush hour traffic. The nearby St. Paul Park oil refinery was not affected.
Numerous explosions could be heard from inside the flames. Wiley said they were probably caused by detonating propane fuel tanks and semi truck tires that swelled and burst.
Several semi trucks, a forklift and front loader were destroyed, he said.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.