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Rochester apartment fire displaces residents


ROCHESTER, Minn (KTTC) --  An early morning apartment fire in northwest Rochester has forced several people out of their homes.

Shortly before 3 a.m., emergency crews were called to Northgate Plaza apartments, on the 900 block of 11th Ave. NW after an apartment on the third floor caught fire.

Residents were immediately evacuated. Fire battalion chief Eric Kerska says nearly a dozen of those people will be temporarily displaced because their apartments are flooded.

The person living in the apartment that caught fire was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.

She may not have been so lucky if it weren't for Bill Engelking who pulled her from the burning apartment.

Engelking says, "When I woke there was smoke everywhere, I pounded on her door and when she finally opened it you couldn't even see in front of you because of the black smoke. It was a fight to get her our because she didn't want to leave her birds. I got her out and she ran back in, but then fire fighters were able to get her to leave her apartment."

The birds were fine. The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Damages are estimated at $30,000.


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