After a fire broke out at a property north of downtown St. Paul on Thursday afternoon, police officers rescued one person and a dog before firemen arrived to discover a two-story home completely engulfed in flames and threatening a neighboring structure.
In the 200 block of East Lawson Avenue, ten fire companies and over fifty firefighters battled the flames. According to the St. Paul Fire Department, crews remained on the site for more than three hours. The building partly fell apart.
The quick spread of the fire, which was reported at 2:22 p.m., was aided by gusts blowing above 30 mph, according to fire authorities.
There were no injuries. The fire’s origin is still under investigation.
The Red Cross made arrangements for temporary accommodation for eight displaced individuals.