St. Paul Woman Narrowly Escapes Basement Fire, 5 Dogs Die

Updated: 05/11/2014 8:57 PM
Created: 05/11/2014 11:47 AM
By: Megan Stewart

A 22-year-old woman was able to escape a fire Sunday morning by climbing through a window, according to the St. Paul Fire Department.

Fire officials said the woman was sleeping when she was alerted to the fire by a smoke alarm at the home at 996 Tuscarora Ave. around 10 a.m. Sunday. She tried to leave through the door, but there was too much smoke.

She was occupying an illegal bedroom, meaning the size of the 2-feet-by-1-foot window she escaped from is not big enough to be considered a legal egress.

According to St. Paul fire officials, the fire started from careless smoking of a hookah pipe in the basement bathroom.

Fire officials said five dogs died in the fire from smoke inhalation, but another dog was rescued with CPR.

The Red Cross is assisting five people who lived at the residence.

Fire crews rescue a dog after a fire in a basement.
Photo courtesy of Peter Matthews
Fire crews rescue a dog after a fire in a basement.
Photo courtesy of Peter Matthews

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