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5-Alarm Fire Damages Plymouth Apartment Building

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By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

PLYMOUTH (WCCO) — A five-alarm fire broke out in a Plymouth apartment complex late Monday afternoon, damaging many of the residents’ homes, according to authorities.

Hennepin County Dispatch confirmed they received a report at 4:47 p.m. of an apartment fire at the Plymouth Oaks Apartments, which is located on 3301 Highway 169.

Deputy Plymouth Fire Chief Kip Springer said authorities believe everyone in the burning section of the building got out safely. Springer said authorities believe the fire started on the third floor but it’s too early to say how it started.

Twenty-four units were damaged. It appeared on scene that the top floor of one wing was destroyed. As of 10 p.m. Monday night they were still putting out hot spots.

Nine different fire departments were on scene helping to put the fire out.

Animal Control was also called out to help remove pets from the building. They’re not sure yet how many might be missing.

One firefighter and two residents were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Red Cross is on the scene and will provide housing to those who need it.

This isn’t the first fire at the apartment. On Feb. 9, 2008, the apartment had to be evacuated due to a fire. Also, on July 12, 2007, a fire gutted a large part of the third floor, which left dozens homeless.

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