Apartment Fire Under Investigation near UMD Campus

By KBJR News 1

May 29, 2013 Updated May 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Jerry Keppers says the blaze started in a second floor room around the microwave area.

Keppers says the building has a functioning sprinkler system, but the fire's relatively small size didn't trigger them.

Residents were quickly evacuated and fire crews were able to contain the blaze quickly.

Superior View resident Karen Parker, who lives across the hall from the room where the fire broke out, says she knew something was wrong when she smelled smoke.

"All of a sudden the alarms went off, and I just ran out of my house and took my dog, and knocked on some people's doors and told them they needed to get out. There was thick [smoke] in the hallway and we just could not see-and here we are," said Parker, holding her dog just after exiting the apartment.

The fire is estimated to have caused $5,000 in damage.

The Red Cross is assisting those affected with disaster-related needs.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

- Posted to the Web by Billy Wagness