Hillside apartment fire displaces 10 people

The fire is under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshal's office.

Thomson Township fire
A home at 21 Ridge Road in Thomson Township was destroyed by fire Jan. 16, 2022.
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Six adults, four children and a dog were displaced after a fire broke out in an apartment building on the 600 block of East 4th St. on Friday night.

A passerby reported smoke coming from the second story of the building, prompting a Duluth Fire Department response about 9:30 p.m., according to a news release.

After clearing the first and second floors, crews made holes in the roof to aid ventilation, then extinguished hot spots and put out fire that had extended to the ceiling joints.

Three tenants were evacuated from the building due to fire and smoke damage, and all those affected are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

During the fire, cars ran over fire hoses being used to fight the fire. The Duluth Fire Department reminds the public that driving over fire hoses can not only break the line but could be dangerous to firefighters on the other end of the line.


Damage to the building is estimated at $65,000. The fire is under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshal's office.

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