Two escape fire in Alango Township

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On April 6th at around 1 A.M. area first responders and law enforcement were dispatched to the report of a structure fire in Alango Township. A 911 call was placed by a 43-year-old man who had indicated that he could see smoke in the residence however was unable to provide additional details.  A second 911 call was received from a 67-year-old woman, who was later identified as the homeowner and aunt to the original caller.

The woman reported that there was smoke coming from the upstairs bedroom where her nephew had been staying, however, she was unable to assist in his evacuation due to heavy smoke. Upon the arrival of law enforcement, it was learned that the man had jumped out of a second-story window to escape the smoke and flames. He was later transported to the Cook Hospital by ambulance for smoke inhalation and other minor non-life-threatening injuries. The woman was able to evacuate the house on her own prior to law enforcements arrival and was later transported to local hotel for the night. The female did not report any injuries.

Damage to the residence is considered substantial. This incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.