Crews respond to fire in downtown Kasson

Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 6:33 PM CDT
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KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) – A fire in downtown Kasson damaged an apartment on Thursday afternoon.

The Dodge County Sheriff’s office said around 4 p.m. first responders were dispatched to the fire on the 200 block of West Main St. The scene was cleared around 7 p.m.

Kasson Fire & Rescue Chief, Joe Fitch, said that no one was injured.

Crews respond to fire in downtown Kasson
Crews respond to fire in downtown Kasson(KTTC)

“We had a kitchen fire and have pinned it to some cooking,” said he said.

The building had two apartments in it.

Roberto Reynolds lived in one of the apartments.

“It looked horrible. It looked like someone gutted out the whole kitchen and my kid’s bedroom on the side there. It looks like it’s all been gutted out. The walls been knocked through,” he said.

Reynolds said he wasn’t home when the fire started.

Kasson Fire
Kasson Fire(KTTC)

“I left out earlier to go get my girls off the school bus down here,” he said. “By the time I was coming up through here, all I see is these fire trucks and stuff. I’m like ‘what’s going on?’ And I look, I look up and I notice they’re in my apartment.”

Fitch said it didn’t take long for firefighters to put out the flames.

“We had members in and put the fire out within the first few minutes as it was pretty well contained to the kitchen area,” he said.

Reynolds was able to reenter the building and recover some items.

“Yea, one basket full of clothes and my Teddy Bear,” he said.

Fitch said humanitarian efforts are given to the apartment residents.

“The residents of the apartment will not be staying at the building tonight and will get assistance from the Red Cross,” he said.

Reynolds is trying to figure out what he will do next.

“The front part of my windows are okay, my living room was okay, it was just the kitchen, possibly the bathroom,” he said. And my kid’s room.”

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