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Faulty smoke detectors in Brooklyn Park apartment fire

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Residents of an apartment complex in Brooklyn Park escaped an early morning three alarm fire.

KMSP is reporting that residents of the Melrose Gates Apartments on Camden Ave. say their smoke detectors failed to go off. The fire chief backs residents' claim of faulty alarms.

At least six units of the complex were destroyed. All residents were able to escape safely. No cause of the fire has yet been determined.

Firefighters say they saw heavy fire on the balconies of the second and third floors when they arrived.

KARE 11 quotes Lashawn Williams, whose grandson lives at the apartment. They were celebrating a birthday when someone stepped onto the balcony and saw that the apartment was on fire.

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