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One person injured in Southwest Rochester structure fire

The Rochester Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Woodridge Apartments about 7 p.m. Thursday.

Woodridge Apartments
Rochester fire crews respond to a structure fire call about 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Woodridge Apartments in Rochester.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin
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ROCHESTER — One person was injured in a structure fire Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at a Southwest Rochester apartment complex.

The Rochester Fire Department responded about 7 p.m. to a call of a sprinkler alarm at Woodridge Apartments, 2804 Second St. SW. When firefighters arrived, they saw smoke coming from one of the apartments.

Firefighters found that the smoke was originating from a second-floor unit. They had to force open the door to the apartment and found a woman just inside the door. The woman was carried to the ground floor and taken by ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys. The woman's condition was not known.

In addition to locating the woman, firefighters found a still-active fire in the apartment's kitchen, according to Rochester Fire Captain Brett Knapp.

Woodridge Apartments
Rochester Fire Crews respond to a structure fire call around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Woodridge Apartments in Rochester, Minnesota.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

The fire was extinguished shortly after fire crews entered the apartment. Knapp said the sprinkler system helped keep the fire contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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The fire caused significant damage to the apartment. The unit below it also sustained some water damage.

Woodridge Apartments
Rochester Fire Crews respond to a structure fire call around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Woodridge Apartments in Rochester, Minnesota.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

Woodridge Apartments
Rochester Fire Crews respond to a structure fire call around 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Woodridge Apartments in Rochester, Minnesota.
Traci Westcott / Post Bulletin

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