For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Hanlin
Assistant Fire Chief
Red Wing Fire Department
(March 23, 2022, Red Wing, Minn.) – At 8:07 p.m., the Red Wing Fire Department was dispatched to a general fire alarm at the Red Wing High School. While responding, a report from staff on site indicated an active fire and the response was upgraded to a structure fire.
Firefighter/paramedics were on scene within 5 minutes of receiving the initial call and confirmed a working fire in the cafeteria ceiling. Crews performed an interior fire attack and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes from arrival containing the damage to the area of origin. Crews remained on scene for approximately 90 minutes performing overhaul and ventilation. There were no injuries to emergency responders or civilians.
The building sustained minor fire and smoke damage and was turned over to district staff following the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Apparatus used on the scene included three fire engines, two ladder trucks, two ambulances, and one chief officer. A total of 36 firefighters responded to the incident. Red Wing Police Department, Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Lake City Fire Department, Goodhue Fire Department, Ellsworth Fire Department and Ellsworth EMS provided assistance.
Red Wing Fire Department is committed to helping anyone in need, providing exceptional fire suppression, advanced medical care, technical rescue, disaster management, fire prevention and public education. We are focused on operational readiness, department unity, professionalism and community engagement.