Five Alarm Fire, Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park, MN – 4/6/2020

Just before 9:00 this morning a are fire was reported at The Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park, MN and turned into a Five Alarm Fire.

Fire crews from Waite Park, Saint Joseph, Saint Cloud, Sartell, and Rockville responded to a blaze at the Ultimate Sports Bar and Grill which is preliminary being reported a total loss.

There was no word on injuries and the cause of the fire is currently under investigation by local authorities along with the State Fire Marshal has been called in to help with determining the cause of the fire.

Ironically the fire was only about 1,000 feet away from the Waite Park Fire Department and City Hall. The fire was on 11th Avenue and the Fire Department is located on 13th Avenue.

*EDIT* Please don’t just to ARSON in the comments without first letting the State Fire Marshall conduct an investigation. Four years ago we did another video at the same spot where high winds knocked down electrical wires right above it. It is way too early to speculate on a cause considering there was massive power arcs right it the last time wind knocked down a power line

Shot Description
Clip 1 Long shot of the fire down the street with a fire fighter manning a hydrant.

Clip 2 Flames and smoke as the building is on fire with a fire truck next to it and crews attacking the fire.

Clip 3 Pan down shot of the Waite Park ladder truck pouring water on the building as the fire rages and crews on the ground are trying to put the fire out.

Clip 4 Wide shot of the fire and heavy smoke as fire fighters battle the flames.

Clip 5 Tight shot of fire fighters battling the flames.

Clip 6 – 9 Drone footage over the scene as flames and thick smoke fill the area.

Clip 10 Tight shot of fire crews battle the fire.

Clip 11 Fire crews fighting the fire.

Clip 12 Intense thick smoke as fire crews try to fight the fire from the west side of the building.

Clip 13 Tight shot of crews in the intense thick smoke.

Clip 14 Heavy thick smoke as fire crews battle the scene while another watches the scene from the edge to keep an eye on everything.

Clip 15 Tight shot of the crews battling the fire.

Clip 16 Wide show of the scene from Division or County Road 75.

Clip 17 Medium shot of the scene from County Road 75.

Clip 18 Looking up at the bucket truck as crews pour water on the scene.

Clip 19 Crews cut a hole into the side of the building to access the fire in the walls and ceiling.

Clip 20 Crews battling the fire from the front of the building.

Clip 21 Fight fighter looks over the scene from atop a ladder truck.

Clip 22 – 27 Side of vehicle shots showing all the fire crews and police that where on scene.

Clip 28 Police line tape with fire trucks.

Clip 29 Tight shot that shows the Waite Park City Hall, Police and Fire department and pan right to show just how far away the structure fire was to the fire department less then 1,000 feet or 350 meters away. They actually ran water from the fire hydrant outside of the fire department to the scene.

Clip 30 Water from the scene flowing into a drain down the street from the scene.

Clip 31 Heavy construction equipment was brought in to remove hazards from the room and help ventilate the scenes.

Clip 32 Drone shot of the fire breaking through the roof on the north side of the building as the back hoe is trying to ventilate the roof and remove heavy objects like air conditioning and satellite antennas.

Clip 33 – 34 Drone shot of the back hoe removing more objects from the roof.


36 Replies to “Five Alarm Fire, Ultimate Sports Bar in Waite Park, MN – 4/6/2020”

  1. What is going on here? This is not a 5 alarm. You have a guy guarding the hydrant. You have a guy masked up on air a good 20 yards from the building. They ladder the building with a roof ladder that doesn't even reach the top of the roof. then you have like 20 guys standing around. What the fook is going on here.

  2. 5 Alarms……………….or trucks from 5 different fire department responding????  

    @5:10 caption that as the firefighter thinking…."i'll just take my 5 minute break here guys", hehe…… 😉

  3. Unfortunately when firefighters have to go on defense no one knows if the water from their hoses, towers and ladders are actually hitting the fire. Europeans have a different attack, they keep going at it with small supply lines. The Best solution is a Great Battalion Chief… which are hard to find. There are some Battalion Chiefs who walk the fire non stop given orders… just like a Orchestra Conductor.

  4. Yeah , I don't get where you would call this a 5 alarm fire. Stearns Country does not have any formal fire department alarm card/box system, additional man power for fires in Streans country are by specific "mutual aid" requests as your radio traffic suggests. Lastly, I don't see any more than 10 pieces of fire apparatus operating at this fire which in Minneapolis is no more than 2 alarms.

  5. @red55chief… perfect call and I was wondering the same thing… small lines will do no good… better to concentrate your master streams, deck guns if possible, and then 2 1/2's… If water is a problem in the area, run a long lay-in, have the city boost pressure, or run a tanker relay… no excuse for running out of water… Good video shots @stormchasingvideo!!

  6. Great catch … thanks for sharing .. the firemen are working, the street department guys are working, the power company guys are working ..
    .. the cops are watching. Cheers ………..

  7. So I guess no sports on TV today,hot deals on drinks to ? What no pizza,wings either ughh I'm not coming to Minnesota ever again ughhhhh 🤣🤣🤓🤓🧐🤯😵🧐🤓😎🤯🥳🤧🤧

  8. Guys, with the amount of heat energy being released, most of the water from the 1-3/4” lines is likely converting before it reaches whatever is burning. everyone should drop the 1-3/4” lines and use 2-1/2” streams in a fire of this size. Even if water supply is an issue, you’re more effective using what water you have with the 2-1/2” lines because it will actually reach the seat of a fire before evaporating.

  9. Nice video! good coverage! Its nice that there are 8 yr old Ford crown Vics out there, the real work horse of the fleet, we need to get Ford to restart the assembly lines to get them back on the streets! Thanks. 🙂

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