Families rescued from blaze that destroys Duluth apartment building


An Easter Sunday fire at a Duluth apartment building has displaced 50 people but left no one seriously injured, as Good Samaritans pitched in to help children and adults escape. The building is in the 1700 block of East Second Street.

Witnesses tell the Duluth News Tribune a man pulled women and children out of a window, while another helped a family out of a patio door amidst the flames.

“They were petrified; I saw them and made sure they were safe,” a 22-year-old man told the Tribune. He wished to remain anonymous.

Everyone made it out of the building safely, according to Northland News Center, but several people were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The fire call came in at 12:45 p.m., but it took hours to contain the blaze, according to the Tribune. The cause of the fire is still unknown, WDIO reports.

The Tribune reports Duluth police officers brought Easter baskets for some of the crying young children.

The American Red Cross was called to find temporary housing for those displaced by the fire.

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