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Man hospitalized after fire at Duluth’s Esmond building

Ed Smith steps outside to have a smoke on one of the new benches outside the Esmond Building, formerly the Seaway Hotel. (News Tribune file photo)

One person was being treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at Duluth’s Esmond building Wednesday morning.

The fire was reported just after 7:30 a.m. in the apartment complex at 2001 W. Superior St., according to the Duluth Fire Department. The building, formerly known as the Seaway Hotel, sustained some damage, but no residents were displaced.

The fire department reported that the fire started in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment. The tenant was assisted out of the building before fire crews arrived, but was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Officials said the fire was mostly extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system, but smoke filled the third-floor hallway. The building was evacuated, and all residents were accounted for before being allowed to return to their rooms.

The fire department said five other units sustained water damage, which was estimated at $25,000 to the structure and $4,000 to contents.

The American Red Cross was assisting affected residents. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the fire marshal.