Residents Forced To Jump From Window To Escape Apartment Fire

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two residents of a Farmington apartment were forced to jump from a second-story window after a fire started in the building during Sunday night’s thunderstorms.

The fire started around 9:15 p.m. at a building on 303 Pine Street that holds four separate apartment units. The flames appear to have started in a stairwell, which blocked the exit to two of the units.

“There was only one way in, one way out, which is why we want people to have two ways to exit a building and have a plan before a fire happens,” said Farmington Fire Chief Jim Larsen.

The two victims jumped out of the building through a window in the back before help arrived. They were quickly rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Residents in the other two units made it out safely.

A firefighter was also taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. He was treated and released.

Investigators were on scene Monday to try to determine the cause of the fire.

farmington fire Residents Forced To Jump From Window To Escape Apartment Fire

(credit: Farmington Fire Dept.)

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