BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- An overnight apartment fire in Brooklyn Center has left several residents without a home.
A fire broke out at the Melrose Gates Apartments on the 6400 block of Camden Ave. N. around 12:15 a.m.
"We were watching and I looked out a window," said Corey Kearns. Then I saw an orange glow and the glass shattered."
Kearns quickly grabbed what he could and assisted his fiance from their unit. He recalls smoke alarms eventually going off, but never heard them in his apartment.
"Our place is a total loss," he says. "There's nothing left."
Authorities say that their preliminary investigation indicates that the smoke detectors were not operating. A few apartments are a total loss, several more have smoke damage. In all, 8 to 12 units are affected.
The owner of the 216-unit complex says the alarms recently passed a city inspection, but is looking into any issues.
No one was injured.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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