ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A nine-year-old girl is in good condition at Regions Hospital after being rescued from an apartment fire in St. Paul on Monday morning.
The fire began around 10:45 a.m. in an illegal basement bedroom at 343 Maple Street, where there were no escape windows or smoke alarms, according to the St. Paul Fire Department.
Firefighters found Nevaeh Sellers in the basement near a burning mattress. She was breathing when she was brought out of the building.
Fire Marshall Steve Zaccard says the cause of the fire and the illegal bedroom are being investigated.
“Any room used for sleeping must have an escape-size window. That’s a minimum dimension of 24 inches, and with a total opening of 5.7 feet out,” Zaccard said. “It has to be big enough for someone to get out of, and for firefighters to get into.”
Nevaeh was one of seven people who were displaced by the fire.