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Apartment fire leaves two firefighters injured, "significant damage" to building

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) – Investigators are looking into what caused a fire in an apartment that injured two firefighters and left smoke damage throughout the building.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Griffey Street in River Falls. Fire crews found heavy fire from a middle unit of the tri-plex. 30 firefighters put out the flames, and kept them from spreading to other apartments on either side of the one that was on fire. They were vacant. A mother and her son lived in that apartment, and got help from the Red Crosse.

The firefighters ended up with minor injuries. There’s no word on a damage estimate.
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RIVER FALLS, Wis. (CITY OF RIVER FALLS NEWS RELEASE) - On Sunday, March 10, 2013, shortly after 8:30 PM, the River Falls Fire Department responded to a report of a fully engulfed apartment at 430 Griffey St. Arriving crews found heavy fire coming from the middle unit of the tri-plex, which is owned by the River Falls Housing Authority.

The response included three engines and a ladder truck. Thirty firefighters battled the blaze and quickly knocked down the flames, preventing the fire spreading to the adjoining units on each side of the involved apartment. Crews remained on scene for several hours to extinguish hot spots. The major fire damage was contained to the middle apartment unit.

River Falls police helped secure the area and the River Falls EMS service assisted on scene. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries. The occupants, a mother and her son, were assisted by Red Cross. The adjoining apartment units were unoccupied and vacant.

The building sustained significant damage. A dollar loss estimate is unavailable and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


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