Nine Displaced After Apartment Fire in Bovey

By KBJR News 1

November 10, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 11:14 PM CDT

BOVEY, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Nine people are displaced tonight after a fire burned a four unit apartment complex in Bovey, Thursday afternoon.

"Your just thinking of getting people out as quick as you can," Steve Bergum, a construction worker said.

Before the apartment went up in flames, three construction workers building a house next door, rescued two men from the complex.

"Knocked on the doors, we got one guy out from the bottom floor, then Steve ran around, went up the stairs and got a guy out
from the second floor," Mark Laudenvach, a construction worker said.

"I had to get down on my hands and knees, you know, to try to look and hear for people, you know, as I was calling out," Bergum said. "It was very full of smoke."

Moments after the building was evacuated firefighters arrived at the complex on 2nd Avenue in Bovey.

Seven local fire agencies were called to battle the flames.

The Bovey and Coleraine Police Department, Itasca County Sheriff and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources were also on hand.

Of the nine people who live in the privately owned building, the two men were the only home at the time of the fire and are reportedly in good condition.

"Everybody is pitching in to try to get this taken care of," David Grosse, a neighbor said.

Meanwhile, three Red Cross volunteers in Grand Rapids are meeting with those displaced by the fire.

Nearby residents are left in shock.

"My old bedroom window had flames coming out of it today," Joe Frings, a previous resident said. "My hearts pounding, I can't believe it. Nothing happens like this in Bovey you know, it's really, out of the ordinary, I guess."

The State Fire Marshal's Office and the Itasca County Fire Investigation Team continue to look into the cause of the fire.

The construction workers say they were also able rescue a dog from the burning building.

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