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Arson possible in Rochester apartment fires

Several apartment complex occupants were forced to evacuate during a fire Thursday morning.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 7:19 AM
Updated: Apr 4, 2019 9:48 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Arson may be the cause as several apartment complex occupants were forced to evacuate during a fire Thursday morning at 402 31st St. NE.
Authorities said upon arrival they found three small rugs had been started on fire, one on each floor in a hallway. The rugs had been extinguished by occupants using water and fire extinguishers. Witnesses said they smelled some type of accelerant on the rugs
Most residents had evacuated by the time fire units arrived on scene.
“It is important for residents in multi-unit structures to pay attention to fire alarms and take proper action,” the department said.

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