ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Authorities said a man and child were unconscious and hospitalized after being rescued from an apartment fire in St. Paul Friday morning.

Crews were called to an apartment building on the 1800 block of East 7th Street on a report of a small fire just after 10 a.m. When crews arrived, smoke was coming out of a window in a third floor unit of the building.

Crews found a man and child who were unconscious in a bathroom, and rescued them from the building. Emergency personnel began treating the victims immediately, and they were transported to Regions Hospital.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the two victims were alive when they were rescued. There has been no update on their conditions.

Zaccard said the cause of the fire was a space heater that was too close to a couch. The fire was contained to the unit where it started and was put out quickly.

Officials say space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from objects that could catch fire.


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