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Woman, 6 children rescued from Minn. house fire

St. Paul firefighters faced several victims, some needing CPR during the early-morning fire

By Mara H. Gottfried
Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Firefighters pulled six children and a woman from a St. Paul home Wednesday morning and they were taken to the hospital with some in critical condition.

The fire department was called at 1:30 a.m. about a residential house fire in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood and found a single-family home with smoke showing, said Deputy Fire Chief Tony Farina.

Firefighters discovered seven people inside the house on Arkwright Street near Maryland Avenue. “The condition of some of the occupants required immediate CPR and intervention by St. Paul Fire Paramedics,” the fire department said in a statement. They were taken by ambulances to Regions Hospital.

The children are believed to be under the age of seven, Farina said.

The fire is not suspicious and is under investigation, according to the fire department.

The fire department was notified by a female who reported the house was on fire, and then there was an open phone line and a dispatcher could only hear an alarm, according to an emergency radio dispatch. The first crew arrived three minutes and 17 seconds after being dispatched, the fire department said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, and were on scene for just over two and a half hours. A total of 63 firefighters responded.

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