3-alarm fire damages Eagan apartment complex

11:02 AM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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EAGAN, Minn. - Residents living in six units of an Eagan apartment complex will spend Thanksgiving elsewhere after fire, water and smoke damaged their homes early Thursday.

A 9-1-1 call summoned first responders to the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments just before 3:30 a.m. The call quickly escalated to three alarms after a police officer responding to the scene reported seeing flames jumping from miles away.

When fire crews arrived on the scene they found three balconies heavily involved, but were fortunate that the fire had not made its way inside.

Complicating matters was that residents had not left their units. "Alot of the residents weren't evacuating when we were first arriving," said Eagan Fire Chief Mike Scott, "so first arriving crews, both police and fire, had to go door to door to make sure everybody was out of the units."

A number of units suffered smoke and water damage, but just six of the 24 in the building are considered uninhabitable for the time being.

The fire chief says 20 residents are being assisted by the Red Cross, family or friends.

One resident on the scene suffered minor burns while trying to put down the flames.

While the investigation continues, Chief Scott says the cause of the fire may be careless disposal of smoking materials. He urges people who smoke to buy appropriate containers to dispose of their cigarette butts.

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