Fire causes millions in damage at Jacob’s Trading Company

No injuries reported in the Sept. 8 incident

by Gabby Landsverk, Sun Sailor Newspapers

A three-alarm fire at Jacob’s Trading Company in Hopkins reportedly caused damage estimated at millions of dollars Thursday evening, despite the work of the Hopkins Fire Department and assisting agencies in preventing injuries and eventually containing the blaze.

Hopkins firefighters arrived at the business, at 8090 Excelsior Blvd., in response to an alarm triggered by a sprinkler system at approximately 5:50 p.m. Sept. 8, according to a fire department report.

While the building’s sprinkler system reportedly contained the fire, it took eight responding agencies a total of five hours to completely clear the business of smoke and flames. The response including the use of two air boats from Shakopee and Excelsior. Departments from Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Mound, St. Louis Park, Shakopee and Hennepin County Ambulance Service also responded to the incident.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown and no other information is available. The city will work with the State Fire Marshall to investigate the cause of the blaze.