Weekend fire forces out apartment tenants

A midmorning fire Saturday forced tenants of an Anoka apartment complex from their homes.

The Anoka-Champlin Fire Department responded to the fire just before 10 a.m. at 2710 Ninth Lane, just north of Highway 10.

According to Fire Chief Charlie Thompson, the fire started in the building’s boiler and traveled up the chimney three floors.

“The fire was contained to the walls, but it did create a lot of smoke,” Thompson said.

All 42 units of the apartment complex were evacuated.

Law enforcement were on the scene quickly, Thompson said, making sure people got out of the building.

While there were a couple of stragglers, no one had to be rescued. There were no injuries, according to Thompson.

Thompson said whether the building’s smoke detectors were working is being investigated.

“It took a few hours to get it under control,” Thompson said. Part of the building is constructed with concrete block, which firefighters had to cut through to knock down the fire.

It was a cold day, and the local department enlisted help from both Andover and Ramsey’s fire departments at the scene. While crews took care of the apartment fire, the Anoka and Champlin stations were backed up by the Coon Rapids and Maple Grove fire departments.

The tenants will not be able to return to their apartments until the boiler is replaced.

The Red Cross responded to Saturday’s fire, offering relief in the way of shelter, clothing, food and support.

Firefighters were able to help residents get back into the apartments to retrieve any medications or clothing they needed right away, Thompson said.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]