Apartment Fire 1

A Sunday morning fire burned up a top-floor unit at the Woodridge Apartments in Northfield. Fire fighters managed to contain the fire to one unit, but smoke and water damage likely affected other units, too. (Northfield News/Jenny Schoenbauer)

A morning fire burned up one unit and likely damaged others at Woodridge Apartments in Northfield Sunday.

According to Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service Chief Gerry Franek, the fire took place in top floor unit in the complex at 1910 Roosevelt Dr. off Jefferson Parkway. At around 9 a.m. Sunday, a son living in the apartment, noticed the fire, woke up his mother, and they got out safely to call 911.

When fire crews arrived, they dragged a hose up to the third floor, said Franek, blasting the smoke-filled unit with water. Firefighters managed to keep the fire contained to one bedroom, but heavy smoke likely destroyed much of the rest of the unit.

Franek said other third-floor units may have also been damaged, and the unit with the fire will require significant repair. Some tenants will likely be displaced for at least a few days, he said. The American Red Cross was on scene aiding victims.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal was on scene to determine cause of the fire. Franek said there was nothing suspicious to the department's knowledge.

Fire fighters packed up and gone by around 11 a.m. Sunday. The fire was contained and put out without injuries to any residents or emergency workers.

"I think we did a nice job," Franek said.

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