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2 hospitalized, cat revived after 2-alarm fire in St. Paul

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Four people were injured, and a cat was revived using a pet oxygen mask, after a two-alarm fire in St. Paul Tuesday.

The fire started around 4:30 p.m. at an apartment building at 538 St. Peter St.

When the fire department arrived, firefighters used a ladder to get to the second story of the apartment building and broke a window to pull two people to safety, KSTP reports.

They were taken to Regions Hospital, the fire department tweeted, where they are being treated for serious burns, KARE 11 notes.

Firefighters also treated two other people and a cat for smoke inhalation at the scene, fire officials said. And a firefighter suffered a minor eye injury from falling debris, the Star Tribune reports.

A special pet oxygen mask was used to revive the cat. Last summer, the St. Paul Fire Department got a donation from Invisible Fence Brand's Project Breathe program to equip every firetruck and ambulance in the city with pet oxygen masks.

Residents said the fire alarms went off, but some people ignored them because they get so many false alarms, the Star Tribune says.

Fire officials told FOX 9 the department has had fire and medical emergencies at the building before, which helped them navigate it during Tuesday's fire.

Damage was mainly contained to one apartment in the building, reports say. However, the restaurant on the first floor may have suffered water damage, the Star Tribune reports.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is believed to have started on the second floor.

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