After big fire, Mayor Dietz says ‘thanks’

An aerial ladder truck was used to spray water on the top of the apartment building.

An aerial ladder truck was used to spray water on the top of the Evans Meadows apartment building on Dec. 5. Star News file photos

Elk River Mayor John Dietz has publicly thanked the personnel — fire, police and public works — who responded when a fire swept through the Evans Meadows apartment building on Dec. 5.

“It certainly was a tragedy, but it obviously could have been a lot worse,” Dietz said at Monday’s City Council meeting. “There was no one injured due to the quick action by the Fire Department and the Police Department.” He said he was proud of how they worked as a team.

Fire Chief T. John Cunningham fielded questions from reporters at the fire scene.

Fire Chief T. John Cunningham fielded questions at a press briefing the day of the fire.

Elk River Fire Chief T. John Cunningham coordinated the multi-agency firefighting effort and “did an outstanding job,” the mayor said.

Dietz gave special thanks to Mark Thompson, the city’s street superintendent who worked 17 hours the day of the fire. He had plowed snow through the night to relieve his plow drivers and then was called to the fire that morning.

Dietz also said he’s proud of the way the community helped the fire victims. About 40 people were displaced by the fire.

The building is located at 365 Evans Ave.

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