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4 escape St. Paul blaze; firefighters scramble to find hydrant

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Firefighters who rushed to a St. Paul house fire early Monday morning had to search for a fire hydrant, FOX 9 reports.

Four people escaped the fire in the 500 block of Point Douglas Road South and were taken to Regions Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and smoke inhalation, according to media reports.

Firefighters ultimately found a hydrant about four blocks from the 4 a.m. blaze, FOX reports, but it was not immediately clear if snow hampered their ability to find a hydrant, or if that was just the closest one.

Firefighters laid hoses from the hydrant to the blaze, but the house was so consumed by flames that crews took up a defensive fighting position, KARE 11 reports.

Much of the home burned to the ground. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, WCCO reports.

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