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Woman escapes apartment fire with toddler, believes she was target of arson

Updated: July 06, 2019 06:54 PM

Arson could be to blame for a fire that forced a mother to run through the flames with her toddler in her arms.

The fire broke out at the Equinox Apartments on Silver Lane in St. Anthony early Friday morning.
 
Like many others, Kaylin Richardson was asleep when the fire and smoke started to fill her room. 

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"It was literally so smoky, I did not see anything out there," said Kaylin Richardson, who lives in the apartment that was on fire. "I just heard crackling and I looked at the bottom of the door and I opened the door and there was just fire all on the door, and in my face. I just started screaming."

With little time to spare, Richardson reacted to save not only her life, but also her daughter's.

"I was just panicking really hard. I really just thought I was going to die," Richardson said. "I just grabbed my daughter and just went out the front door through the fire."

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The St. Anthony Fire Department responded, even rescuing one man from a third story balcony. Everyone made it out safely, including Richardson.

"I had no choice, I didn't know there were people outside and I couldn't jump off a third story balcony with a baby," Richardson said. "I'm just honestly in shock because I can't believe someone would intentionally do that."

There is an active investigation into how the fire started, but officials believe it was intentionally set. Richardson has an idea of who's responsible for starting the fire and wants that person caught.

"There's 50 plus people that live in that building, kids alone that's just wow," Richardson said. 

There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person responsible. If you have any information, call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020, Crime Stoppers Minnesota at 1-800-222-8477, or the Saint Anthony Police Department at 612-782-3350 or 952-258-5321.

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