ROCHESTER, Minn. – A Saturday fire has left a Rochester apartment uninhabitable.
Rochester police were in the 2000 block of 41st Street NW responding to an unrelated call at The Gates of Rochester when a fire alarm was reported to them just before 6 pm. Officers noticed smoke coming from an adjacent unit and called the fire department.
Firefighters arrived to find smoke and flames on the 2nd floor and a neighbor reporting a child seen earlier in the 2nd floor window. The fire was quickly put out and the 2nd floor searched, with the child seen in the window found safe outside with his family.
The apartment occupants are being allowed to stay in a vacant unit by property management. No injuries are reported but heavy fire and smoke damage was done to the 2nd floor and the main floor also suffered smoke damage. The Rochester Fire Department says the flames began in a bedroom and were started by a juvenile playing with a lighter.
The Fire Department says if you have a child who expresses curiosity or interest in fire please take the time to educate them on the dangers fire presents. If you have concerns or would like further information on how to educate a child on the dangers of fire, people may contact the State Fire Marshalls Office where resources are available to help at 1-800-500-8897 or here.