South Minneapolis Apartment Fire Injures 3, Standpipe Malfunction Investigated [Updated]

Updated April 28, 2023 – Three people were sent to the hospital after being rescued from a burning apartment building in south Minneapolis. Shortly before 10:30 PM Tuesday, firefighters arrived at Woodhaven Apartments on 6405 Lyndale Avenue South. Crews rescued two residents from balconies and pulled another from a smoke-filled hallway.

Firefighters were dispatched to Woodhaven Apartments on 6405 Lyndale Avenue South at about 10:30 PM Tuesday. Crews rescued two residents from second-story balconies and pulled another from a smoke-filled hallway. It took several hours to extinguish the blaze that engulfed the southeast side of the building. The Assistant Fire Chief said they called a third alarm for extra equipment and first responders to help a large population of older residents and people with disabilities.

Three firefighters were evaluated at the scene for exertion and a fourth was treated for a dislocated thumb. About 30 units were declared uninhabitable due to damage from the fire. Residents whose units were not impacted were allowed to enter the building early Wednesday morning. The Red Cross is assisting residents who have not been able to return home.

According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the apartment building did not have a sprinkler system and the standpipes malfunctioned. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Woodhaven Apartments is owned by Centerspace out of Minot, North Dakota, which owns several other rental properties in the Twin Cities. Woodhaven’s most recent fire violation was in September 2022 and it was resolved the next month.

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Standpipes and Other Fire Safety Equipment Prevent Dangerous Fires

Adequate fire safety equipment plays a crucial role in preventing dangerous fires in residential and commercial buildings. When there are no sprinklers or the standpipes malfunction, as in the case of the Woodhaven apartment fire, firefighters are not able to get water to the building and need to haul heavy hoses, which can cost them extra time that is needed to save lives.

The Minneapolis Fire Department told WCCO News that they found corroded standpipes when they arrived at Woodhaven Apartments, which delayed their response time because they needed to bring in extra hose and lay lines.

Apartment Fire Lawsuit Information

If you were injured in an apartment fire, you may be entitled to significant compensation. An experienced fire injury attorney will conduct an independent investigation to determine what caused the fire and who is liable for it.

The apartment fire lawyers at Minnesota headquartered Pritzker Hageman help victims and their families get compensation and justice. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in some of the largest recoveries in the United States. Our legal team recently won a significant recovery for families who lost their loved ones to a fire in a Minneapolis apartment building that was not protected by a sprinkler system.

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