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Weekend apartment fire leaves severe damage, no injuries


BYRON, Minn. (KTTC)- A group of apartments in Byron caught fire shortly after 2:00 AM on Saturday, leaving those who live there to pick up the pieces but also to count their blessings.

It is an experience no person wants to go through, being woken up in the middle of the night to someone screaming 'Fire!'

Meg Britain lives right next to where the fire started at the Valley View Apartments in Byron, sleeping literally feet from the flames.

"It's all just kind of a blur," says Britain. "It's just fuzzy. Just flames. I woke up and there were flames."

When she heard someone bang on her door to get her out, it took here awhile to fully grasp that her home was engulfed in smoke.

"I was in a daze. I don't even know how I got from my bedroom down to outside, but when I got outside the whole room was in flames and it was all surreal. It's hard to explain, It's still kind of like a dream."

The scene outside at the time is chaotic with people trying to save what they can from their apartments, and trying to keep everyone safe.

"I remember a baby coming out, and I just wrapped my jacket around it and ran it somewhere," says Britain. "I handed it off to another person and she ran it inside."

Neighbors opened their doors to those without a home. In the daylight, the damage is hard to handle, and the fact that nobody was injured is taken as a blessing.

"If people hadn't jumped on it so fast, people probably wouldn't have made it out."

Only hours after their lives are turned upside down, they take a look at the damage to their homes and begin the process of starting over.

The Red Cross is working with those displaced by the fire to get them housing and anything else they may need.

An estimate on damage is not known at this time.

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