55 Displaced In Stillwater Apartment Arson Fire

STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — Police are investigating a fire that tore through a Twin Cities apartment complex, which has been ruled as arson.

A resident at the Birchwood Apartments in Stillwater, 14840 62nd St. N., said he heard a loud boom early Wednesday morning before everyone was forced to rush to safety.

The Red Cross is helping 16 families — 52 people total — with food, clothing and shelter. The fire displaced a total of 55, according to police.

The fire damaged four buildings in the apartment complex, which includes 16 separate apartments.

Neighbors say they heard what sounded like a loud explosion, then looked outside to see a large fire. The fire marshal and arson investigators are on the scene, working to determine a cause.

Police Chief John Gannaway said it’s too early to tell what might have caused the fire.

Police did detain someone early Wednesday, but after questioning them, they were released.

  • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/07/13/stillwater-apt-fire-leaves-55-homeless/ Stillwater Apt. Fire Leaves 55 Homeless « CBS Minnesota

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  • Mike B

    Uhhh. My buddy lost EVERYTHING last night. At least work was nice enought to give them a 500 dollar gift card for walmart to get at least a pair fo shoes.

  • Bill B

    Thank You First Presbyterian Church and congregation of Stillwater for opening your doors for the displaced residents for the next few days and nights with assistance from the Red Cross.

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