1 dead after Inver Grove Heights apartment fire

The victim's identity has not been released.
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Officers assist residents trying to collect belongings after the fire. 

Officers assist residents trying to collect belongings after the fire. 

One person is dead and the Red Cross is assisting others displaced from their homes after an apartment building fire Thursday night in Inver Grove Heights. 

According to the Inver Grove Heights Police Department, the fire was reported just before 10:45 p.m. in the 3100 block of 65th St. East at the Bridgewood Apartments, with the reporting party saying one person might be trapped inside the burning building. 

Firefighters arrived to a scene of "heavy black smoke and flames coming from the balcony of one of the apartments." The fire evolved into a five-alarm blaze that required assistance from the South Metro, Mendota Heights, and Eagan fire departments. 

The first fire crew into the building navigated through thick smoke and broke down the door to an apartment, and once inside they discovered the male victim. 

They got the victim out of the building and transported him by an M Health Fairview ambulance to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he succumbed to his injuries. His identity has not been released. 

The fire remains under investigation by the Inver Grove Heights Fire Marshal and the State Fire Marshal's Office. 

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