by Jim Boyle
Fire forces evacuation of seniors
The quick actions of an alert neighbor at Guardian Oaks Senior Housing prevented a kitchen fire from spreading, but smoke forced the evacuation of the Guardian Angels housing unit at 350 Evans Ave. Wednesday of this week.
No one was hurt and the seniors who live in the 63-unit facility were evacuated without incident while emergency personnel worked to rid the building of smoke.
Elk River police and fire were called to an apartment when a resident at the apartment had been using a burner on the stove and it had heated up a food processor, causing it to melt and start a fire, according to a Guardian Angels spokesperson.
“One of the neighbor ladies called 911 and extinguished the fire,” said Dan Dixon, the president and CEO of Guardian Angels.
Elk River fire responded and saw a need for an immediate evacuation of the building and called out for help. Guardian Angels staff assisted with the evacuation, and after everybody was situated at a nearby building on the campus, they were given water.
Lost property reports filed after fireworks
Elk River police received three lost property reports related to the activity at Lions Park and Elk River High School in the staging of an Independence Day celebration.
A 36-year-old Elk River woman reported at 11:40 p.m. that she lost her wallet while attending the fireworks on the 4th.
A 13-year-old Elk River girl reported about the same time she lost her phone while attending the fireworks. The phone was later turned in to police.
A 19-year-old Big Lake woman lost her cell phone while attending the fireworks. She filed the report July 5.