5 firefighters treated for heat exhaustion after motel fire; 75 people displaced

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Five firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion after battling a fire at a Lakeville motel early Sunday morning, Lakeville fire chief Michael Meyer told BringMeTheNews.

The Lakeville Fire Department was called to the Friendly Host Inn on Kenrick Avenue around 3:50 a.m. Sunday after fire was reported on the third floor.

Officials made sure everyone out was out of the building, and were assisted by Apple Valley and Burnsville fire departments, Meyer told BringMeTheNews. About 50 firefighters were at the scene, WCCO reports.

Five firefighters were treated at the scene for heat exhaustion, while three people staying at the motel were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, Meyer said.

Three other residents were treated for non-fire related medical issues, one was transported to the hospital, Meyer said.

In a news release Sunday morning, the Red Cross said it was helping 40 people who were displaced by the fire, making sure they have a safe place to stay, clothing, food and support. Meyer said a total of 75 people were displaced by the blaze.

The Friendly Host Inn has 38 guest rooms and offers extended stay rates, according to the city's website.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Lakeville Fire Department.

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The extreme heat Saturday also made it difficult for firefighters in Minneapolis. Three firefighters suffered heat exhaustion while trying to knock down a fire at a duplex on Colfax Avenue, while a fourth suffered electric shock.

People working in a hot environment, like firefighters, are more prone to heat exhaustion, which is the body's response to an excessive loss of water and salt, typically through excessive sweating, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, lightheadedness and nausea.

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