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Courtesy Jason Jasper

Mar 13, 2015 8:08 AM

Fire forces residents out of apartment complex in Rochester


ROCHESTER - Rochester's fire chief says about 20 people are out of their homes today after a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex at 32 Dustin Homestead Thursday night.

Fire Chief Norman Sanborn said crews were called to the building around 9 p.m. last night after a fire started in a second-floor apartment. Crews from around a dozen local communities were eventually called to assist.

Chief Sanborn said that because the nearest fire hyrdrant was approximately a mile away from the building, a "Tanker Task Force" was called in, bringing to the scene about 20,000 gallons of water collected from hyrdants in other areas.

Sanborn said the fire spread quickly because of the age of the building, which was built without firewalls in the attic, allowing the flames to reach other units.

Two apartments in the 6-unit building suffered heavy damage, with lesser damage to the other units. There were no reports of any injuries.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, originating in a second-floor unit, but investigators are working to pinpoint exactly what happened.


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