Citizen passerby reports and helps extinguish Duluth fire

Just before 8:00am on Monday, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2406 W Fourth Street.

A passerby viewed the fire on the exterior of the building and called 911. The passerby then proceeded to knock doors to notify residents of the fire and attempted to extinguish the fire by shoveling snow onto it, successfully extinguishing around 90 percent of the fire.

Duluth Fire Department was on scene in a matter of minutes and fought the hot spots left. The fire was limited to the exterior of the building and never made it inside the interior. No injuries were reported

“Thanks to the safe and quick action of the passerby and their call to 911, the structure has limited damage and nobody, thankfully, was injured,” said DFD Assistant Chief Dan Lattner about the incident. “Personal safety is paramount in cases like these, so we thank this citizen not only for their expedience in calling for emergency services and to attempt to notify the building’s residents, but also for carefully minding their own personal safety in attempting to control the fire by shoveling snow on it.”

Damage to the structure is estimated to be between $10,000 and $20,000.