A fire late Tuesday sent the resident of a Rochester apartment to the hospital.

Rochester Fire Department crews answered a call for a structure fire at about 11:44 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 1700 block of Quarry Ridge Place Northwest, according to a RFD report.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, they found visual and audible strobe alarms going off in the building with residents evacuating. When they entered the building, crews found one apartment with water flowing underneath the closed door. Crews used forcible entry tools to enter the apartment, where the resident was trying to exit. The resident was helped out of the building, the report states. 

Other firefighters entered the apartment to discover that a small kitchen fire had been extinguished by a single sprinkler head. After assuring the fire was extinguished, firefighters shut off the sprinkler and the smoke was blown out with large fans. Vacuums and squeegees were used to remove as much of the water as possible, according to the report.

In addition to fire damage to the kitchen, the building sustained water damage throughout the apartment and adjacent hallway, and smoke damage throughout the apartment, the report states.

One resident of the building was transported by Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service to Mayo Clinic Hospital–Saint Marys. No other information on the injured resident was available.

No further injuries were reported, and the fire remains under investigation.

Regional Reporter

Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.