Fire in Roseville leaves one dead

One person is dead after a weekend fire in Roseville.

According to a news release from the city, on Saturday, March 22 just before 6 p.m., the Roseville Fire Department, with assistance from the Lake Johanna Fire Department, was dispatched to the Rose Mall Apartments located in the 2200 block of Pascal Street. There were reports of alarms sounding and smoke coming from the third floor of the apartment building.

The first crews to respond were told by other tenants and police officers that there was a victim behind the door of an apartment. The building caretaker and neighbor had attempted to rescue the victim but were unable to do so due to intense heat and smoke.

Roseville police officers also attempted a rescue when they arrived, but they too were forced back due to worsening conditions inside the apartment.

Roseville firefighters immediately went to the third floor and after a difficult entry found the victim behind the door. They attempted to remove the victim, but were driven out of the apartment because of the intense heat and fire inside the unit. Two Roseville firefighters suffered minor burns while attempting to remove the victim.

The crews then retreated and finished laying a hose line to attack the fire, and were able to remove the victim after successfully knocking the fire down.

Crews tried to revive the victim, but ceased resuscitation efforts after the initial round of CPR.

The crews were able to contain the fire to the unit where it originated, but residents of two other units were displaced due to the damage from the fire.

The remaining tenants of the 18-unit apartment building were able to return to the building after the fire was extinguished.

The injured firefighters were evaluated and released at the scene. The apartment caretaker, who suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation, was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he remained hospitalized as of Sunday.

The fire is being investigated by the Roseville Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s office, and the cause is still under investigation. The name of the victim has not been released pending positive identification by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office.

— Alex Holmquist

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