Firefighters battle Elk River apartment blaze in icy temps

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Frigid morning temperatures made battling an apartment fire in the north metro much more challenging for firefighters.

KARE 11 reports fire crews were being rotated every 15 minutes Thursday morning to avoid frostbite and other cold-related injuries in single-degree temperatures.

Around 6:30 a.m., firefighters responded to Evans Meadows Apartments on the 360 block of Evans Ave. to find flames shooting from the roof of a 16-unit building, KARE 11 says.

Attempts to fight the blaze from inside the building were unsuccessful after strong wind spread the fire throughout the building, forcing firefighters to get out.

The fire was contained about three hours later. Elk River Fire Chief said there was significant damage to the third floor of the building.

The Elk River Star has several photos from the scene.

All tenants were evacuated safely. About 20 people have been displaced, KSTP said.

KSTP reports the fire started on a patio, but the cause has not yet been determined.

Wind chills were below zero Thursday morning, according to the Pioneer Press. The National Weather Service says temperatures aren't expected to surpass single digits until next week.

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