5 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after motel fire; 75 people displaced


Five firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion after battling a fire at a Lakeville motel early Sunday morning, Lakeville fire chief Michael Meyer told BringMeTheNews.

The Lakeville Fire Department was called to the Friendly Host Inn on Kenrick Avenue around 3:50 a.m. Sunday after fire was reported on the third floor.

Officials made sure everyone out was out of the building, and were assisted by Apple Valley and Burnsville fire departments, Meyer told BringMeTheNews. About 50 firefighters were at the scene, WCCO reports.

Five firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, while three people staying at the motel were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, Meyer said.

Three other residents were treated for non-fire related medical issues, one was transported to the hospital, Meyer said.

In a news release Sunday morning, the Red Cross said it was helping 40 people who were displaced by the fire, making sure they have a safe place to stay, clothing, food and support. Meyer said a total of 75 people were displaced by the blaze.

The Friendly Host Inn has 38 guest rooms and offers extended stay rates, according to the city's website.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Lakeville Fire Department.


The extreme heat Saturday also made it difficult for firefighters in Minneapolis. Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion while trying to knock down a fire at a duplex on Colfax Avenue, while a fourth suffered electric shock.

People working in a hot environment, like firefighters, are more prone to heat exhaustion, which is the body's response to an excessive loss of water and salt, typically through excessive sweating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, lightheadedness and nausea.

Next Up

Daniel Carlson

Ex-Viking Daniel Carlson has become one of the NFL's best kickers

Carlson has been automatic since joining the Raiders.

Dustin Sundin crop

'Vulnerable' adult missing after leaving with family member's dog, phone

Authorities found footprints in a creek bed, but haven't been able to locate the man.

Mounds view 7 - crime scene

Police 'use of force' incident reported in Mounds View

The Minnesota BCA is investigating, with more details expected soon.

vaccine, covid

The 8 Minnesota counties still below a 50% vaccination rate

Fewer than half of all vaccine-eligible individuals in these areas have received at least one shot.

Dave Simonett Trampled by Turtles

Trampled By Turtles singer responds to complaints about concert vax requirements

Some of TBT's recent appearances have required proof of vaccine/negative test.

BMTN - Target drive up bag booze

The 5 cent charge for carryout bags is coming back in Minneapolis

The ordinance was suspended at the start of the pandemic.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Charges: Man stabbed ex-girlfriend, her mom in Crystal apartment

He became "enraged" after she said she didn't want to have sex, the complaint says.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild have work to do to build a cup contender around Kirill Kaprizov

Kaprizov is locked in for five years, but can Bill Guerin do enough to turn the Wild into a true contender?


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Wednesday, September 22

Nearly 800 people are currently hospitalized in Minnesota with COVID-19.

Pixabay laptop keyboard phone dark

Charges: MN man had more than 50 child porn files saved

The images and videos include victims under the age of 13, authorities said.