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Passersby Rescue Woman, Baby from St. Paul Duplex Arson

Updated: 07/29/2014 9:38 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 8:19 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

St. Paul fire officials say a fire that destroyed a duplex Monday night was intentionally set.

The fire was reported around 7:40 p.m. at a two-story duplex located on the 1200 block of Albemarle Street.

A woman in her 20s and a 7-month-old baby had to be rescued from the burning home, according to St. Paul Fire Marshal Steven Zaccard. Passersby punched out the window screen and pulled the woman and baby to safety before firefighters arrived, he said. No injuries were reported.

When police and firefighters responded, the front of the duplex was completely engulfed in flames, Zaccard said.

The cause of the fire has been ruled arson, and there is now a criminal investigation.

The American Red Cross is assisting one adult and five children who lived in the duplex.

A St. Paul duplex fire was ruled arson by officials.
Photo: KSTP/ Jason Hanson

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