Fire crews battle early morning apartment blaze

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PLYMOUTH, Minn. - Dozens of fire crews spent the early morning hours battling a large apartment fire in Plymouth.

Flames broke out around 4:00 a.m. Friday morning at the Vicksburg Village Apartments off Rockford Road and Vicksburg Lane.

Neighbors say an overnight gas station worker spotted the flames and called 9-1-1.  They said he locked the doors and knocked on windows to alert them that there was a fire.

The Plymouth Fire Department Chief Richard Kline equated the apartments to a lumberyard.

He explained that the building's makeup is comprised mostly of wood and the flames followed a path to the rafters of the building.

Neighbors said they heard the fire alarms, but there are no sprinklers in the building.

The second floor, third floor and roof of the 62 unit building has significant damage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a preliminary report concludes that an air conditioning unit may have sparked the blaze.

 

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