Firefighters save dog after St. Paul fire, 5 others die

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A fire broke out at in an illegal basement apartment in St. Paul Sunday morning, killing five dogs, the fire department said on Twitter.

Fire officials said the smoke alarm went off near a woman's bedroom and she was "young enough and small enough" to climb through a "very small" window in her basement bedroom. Officials added that the basement apartment was "illegal" and "dangerous."

Five Chihuahuas were killed in the fire, but firefighters were able to resuscitate one dog, officials said.

The fire was out by 11 a.m. Sunday, WCCO says. No other injuries were reported.

The Red Cross is helping the five people that live in the building. The Pioneer Press reports the home is uninhabitable because of smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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