EAGAN, Minn. - It wasn't the way Caitlin Kemp was planning to start Thanksgiving Day.
"Waking up to a smoke-filled apartment was pretty scary," recalls Kemp. "We just got out as fast as we could."
Fire crews were called to the Cinnamon Ridge Apartments in Eagan just before 3:30 a.m. The call quickly escalated to three alarms after a police officer responding to the scene reported seeing flames jumping from miles away.
Fire officials say it could've been much worse, but the majority of the damage was kept to three balconies. The preliminary investigation shows cigarette butts could be the cause.
"The kitchen is pretty bad, but other than that we got pretty lucky," said Kemp. "No one is hurt and that's the most important thing."
Six units are considered uninhabitable for the time being. The Red Cross is assisting those in need.
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