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.
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.