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9 residents displaced, 2 firefighters injured after Virginia apartment fire

UPDATE 5:45-- Nine people are displaced after a Sunday morning apartment fire in downtown Virginia.

According to Friends of the Northland FireWire, the blaze started in the back of the building and spread to the second floor and then the attic.

Two Virginia firefighters reported minor injuries. Two cats were rescued.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in determining the cause of the blaze.


UPDATE: Multiple fire departments from across the Iron Range are on the scene of a huge apartment building fire in downtown Virginia. The fire was reported shortly after 10:00 a.m. in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue North. Flames and heavy smoke could be seen coming from the back of the building. The blaze then spread to the second floor and attic of the building. Five firefighters received minor injuries. One woman was rescued by firefighters and law enforcement officers. Nine occupants were displaced and two cats were rescued. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. Fire departments responding to the call included: Virginia, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Fayal, Hibbing, Gilbert, and Pike-Sandy-Britt. The Chisholm Fire Department provided fire protection for the Virginia area and was stationed at the Virginia fire station. The Eveleth and Hoyt Lakes ambulance services provided medical standby. The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting in determining the cause of the blaze. More pictures and information at: www.nlfirewire.com.

Posted by Friends of the Northland FireWire on Sunday, February 28, 2021

Multiple fire departments were on the scene of a large apartment building fire in downtown Virginia. The blaze was reported shortly after 10:00 this morning in the 200 block of 3rd Avenue North. Five firefighters received minor injuries. Nine occupants were displaced and two cats were rescued. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Posted by Friends of the Northland FireWire on Sunday, February 28, 2021

VIRGINIA, MN-- Multiple departments are on the scene of a large apartment fire in downtown Virginia.

According to Friends of the Northland FireWire, the fire was reported just after 10 A.M on Sunday at 1st Street North and 3rd Ave.

Flames and heavy smoke are visible from the back of the building.

According to Northland FireWire, the building was heavily occupied at the time and was seen being evacuated.

No reports of injuries.

Virginia, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Fayal, Gilbert, Hibbing and Pike-Sandy-Britt are all on scene assisting.

This is a developing story.

Natalie Grant

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