Residents of a large apartment building escaped injury Sunday as they were evacuated during a fire at 202 N. Third Ave. W. in Virginia.
The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m., according to a Facebook post from the Friends of the Northland FireWire.
A couple of minor injuries were reported among firefighters due to slippery conditions, Virginia Fire Chief Allen Lewis said. Although multiple ambulances were called in from the surrounding area, they were not needed.
Nine people who live in the building were taken out and accounted for, Lewis said. Crews were also able to rescue two cats.
Lewis described the firefighting tactics Sunday afternoon as "defensive," meaning crews were battling the fire from outside the building only, as no lives were at risk inside.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Approximately eight Iron Range fire departments were on the scene.
The residents of the nine apartment units have been displaced, but volunteers with the American Red Cross have spent the afternoon reaching out to the residents to provide support. According to volunteer Jim Seitz, the Red Cross provides short term needs such as food, clothing, medication and lodging.
"We're here to provide recovery and comfort during this traumatic event," Seitz said.
This story was updated at 6:20 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, with additional information the American Red Cross. It was originally posted at 11:51 a.m. Feb. 28.
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