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Fridley Fire Leaves 10 Residents Homeless

Updated: 12/22/2013 6:09 PM
Created: 12/22/2013 4:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste

A fire in Fridley left 10 people without a home Sunday, just four days before Christmas.

Crews responded to the fire just before 8 a.m. in the 5400 block of 5th Street Northeast.

Firefighters say the fire started in a shed, but became a real danger when it spread to a nearby apartment building. "I woke up to somebody screaming 'get out of your building as fast as you can,' and the building started in flames," said Patricia Farrow. She has lived in the building for the past two years and her grandchildren were there with her when the fire broke out.

The apartment building has four units, and several other people were also inside when the fire started.

Firefighters said there were flames shooting from the roof of the building when they arrived, but everyone was able to get out safely.

Farrow says her instincts immediately kicked in. "First thing I thought was just to grab my grandkids and get out of the building."

Fire officials are investigating how the fire started.

Meanwhile, Farrow and several other residents have been left without a place to live.

The Red Cross is helping those residents find temporary housing and is also providing them with food.


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