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No one injured in Winona apartment fire

Published On: Jun 18 2013 02:01:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 19 2013 08:56:18 AM CDT

Kyle Dimke

WINONA, Minn. -

No one was injured in an apartment fire at 722 West King Street in Winona Monday night.

Crews were called to the scene around 8 p.m. Winona Assistant Fire Chief Jim Multhaup says the fire started low on the outside of the building and quickly spread vertically because of the vinyl siding.

The building used to be a single family home, but at some point was converted to three apartments. All three tenants were in their apartments at the time of the fire and were able to get out safely, Asst. Chief Multhaup said.

A firefighter was in an attic space when the ceiling fell through. Asst. Chief Multhaup says the firefighter was not injured and was able to return to work Tuesday.

One apartment, where a mother and three kids lived, is considered a total loss. The other two apartments had significant heat and smoke damage, Multhaup said. Two people lived in one of the apartments and one person lived in the other. The American Red Cross helped the families displaced.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Multhaup says foul play is not expected.