Osakis firefighters helped two people get out of an apartment building that caught fire Tuesday morning, Jan. 7.
They also cared for three dogs that were in the building at the time.
At 6:23 a.m., the fire department was called to 201 Central Avenue, which includes Empower Nutrition on the main level and two apartment units above. The building is next to True Value.
When firefighters arrived, they didn’t see any visible flames and they were able to contain the fire to one of the apartments, according to Fire Chief Craig Dropik.
One of the tenants was out of the building at work while two others were trapped inside.
As soon as the department learned that people were trapped, the department requested the Alexandria Fire Department to respond with its ladder truck in case it was needed, Dropik said.
After ventilating the hallway, firefighters were able to get the occupants out and they were treated at the scene.
Firefighters used the ladder truck to make sure the top of the building wasn’t on fire and everything looked good, Dropik said.
Empower Nutrition sustained some water damage and may be closed for a couple of days, Dropik said.
The state fire marshal investigated the fire and said the cause was undetermined, Dropik said, adding that they are waiting for an insurance company to also investigate.
Traffic was directed away from the scene. The Osakis Police Department, First Responders, North Ambulance and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office also responded.