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3 firefighters fall through roof while battling house fire in Winona


WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Three firefighters fell through the roof of a home while battling a house fire in Winona Monday night.

The fire broke out at about 8 p.m. in the 700 block of West King Street in Winona.

Fire officials said after the fire was out, three assisting Goodview firefighters were helping with overhaul, when the roof they were standing on collapsed.  One firefighter was taken to the hospital but he wasn't injured.

Officials say everyone who was home at the time of the fire made it out safely.  The house was separated into three apartment units.  According to the Winona Fire Department, two units suffered significant smoke damage, but some items may be salvageable.  One unit was destroyed.

Crystal Medina was living in one of the units with her three children.  She was alerted to the danger by a neighbor and carried her family and dog to safety.

"I was just terrified," Medina said.  "I was just glad that God woke me up at that time to get me and get me the energy to grab my kids and help my kids get out at that time.  That's all I can say, God was there."

Crews were on the scene until 2 a.m.  Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire, but foul play is not suspected.

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