Fridley officer Knight helps resident, dog escape house fire

A resident on the 6700 block of Seventh Street N.E. in Fridley was awoken the afternoon of Aug. 16 to a Fridley Police officer banging on the front door.

Officer Chris Knight alerted the man that the house was on fire, and they were able to exit the home and call a dog out of the house, as well.

No one else was in the home at the time, and no injuries were reported.

Fridley crews were dispatched at 2:56 p.m. to a neighbor’s report of smoke coming from a house on the 6700 block of Seventh St. N.E., about a half-mile from Fridley City Hall and Police and Fire department stations.

Knight was near Mississippi and Seventh streets when the call came and was able to respond first to assist the resident, who had been sleeping in an upstairs bedroom.

The fire might have started inside the screened-in porch on the back of the house, Fire Chief John Berg said. It could be an accidental fire, he said, but the department hasn’t ruled out several possible causes.

The damage is extensive, he said, and the house is not livable currently.

“It’s a split level, so in living room area, there’s pretty extensive damage, with damage in the attic, in both ends,” Berg said.

Mutual aid was automatically called, as is normal on a weekday, so the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View, Columbia Heights and St. Anthony fire departments also responded to the fire call.

“We had a lot of firefighters there, and that works well,” Berg said.