Homeowners act quick to contain fire in Rochester

Updated: September 29, 2020 08:55 AM
Created: September 28, 2020 10:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A small fire happened inside a Rochester home but firefighters said the homeowners' actions prevented it from spreading.

Firefighters responded on the 2900 block of 16th Avenue Northwest on Monday. They got the call just before 7 p.m.


The Rochester Fire Department states a smoke alarm notified two people about the fire from the upper closet of the home. That's when two adults living inside called 911.

But the homeowners also attempted to extinguish the fire using portably dry chemical extinguishers before crews arrived. 

Capt. Brett Knapp said this is a good reminder to make sure your fire detection and alarm systems work.

"It's an excellent example of why having working smoke detectors is so important," Knapp said. "It let them know that something was going on... before it got worse."

One person was evaluated by Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service for a minor injury and was not transported. The homeowners were able to evacuate from the home with their dog and cat. 

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

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