Proctor family tells their story about fire that took over duplex

By KBJR News 1

November 28, 2013 Updated Nov 28, 2013 at 10:40 PM CDT

Proctor, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) - Fire crews worked hard Thursday afternoon to put out a fire at a multi-unit apartment in Proctor.

Crews were called to 715 4th St. around 11:45 a.m.

Firefighters on scene said that no one has been injured, but the structure is a total loss. It is unknown whether anyone was home at the time of the fire.

"I smelled the smoke and went downstairs and a person said it's on fire, I told everyone it was a fire and told everyone to get out," said Cheyanna Williams, a tenant at the complex.

By the time the Proctor Fire department arrived, they say the flames had taken over much of the apartment complex.

"The smoke got real strong, so my oldest son, he went down and he said the roof was on fire so I knocked on the door, next door and told the man next door the house was on fire. As they were leaving the fire came up through the floor so they used the fire extinguisher to put the fire out so they could get out," said Derrick Traywick, Williams' father.

The Northland Chapter of the Red Cross moved into help the four families affected by the fire, and say it truly has been a community effort.

"The hotel provided lodging, there's some big things going on at Spirit Mountain and so they made room for these families. Blackwoods provided a turkey dinner for them tonight which was excellent, and we were able to help them out to get them additional food and clothing," said Kelvin McCuskey a Red Cross Volunteer.

The Red Cross will help the families for several days to give them time to figure out their next move but for now they're thankful to have each other.

The complex has been deemed a total loss. No word yet on what caused the fire.

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