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New Hope apartment fire forces residents to evacuate, damages at least 6 units

According to fire officials, one person was hospitalized but no one was killed. Some residents have since been displaced.
Credit: Jason Rantala/KARE 11

NEW HOPE, Minn. — An apartment fire damaged at least six units in New Hope Sunday morning around 7:30 a.m. on the 5600 block of Boone Avenue.

According to West Metro Fire Rescue Chief Sarah Larson, the entire apartment building had to be evacuated after an appliance fire in one unit began spreading to five others, becoming a third-alarm fire.

She said the fire went on to "impact" three additional units before crews were able to extinguish the flames.

Larson said the fire response required many resources and was a labor-intensive effort for firefighters. 

"We needed to check every unit and every floor and make sure everybody was out safely," Larson told KARE 11.

While officials say one person was hospitalized, they report no one was killed during the blaze — though some residents have now been displaced. 

The Red Cross was on site to help people find shelter for the night.

"People are heroes and they come out and do things that they to do when it's important and that's the incredible part about our society," Larson said of those who came to the rescue to ensure the safety of several individuals, including children. 

Officials said in a press release that initial evidence points to the fire being started accidently, but the cause is still under investigation

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