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Hammond apartment damaged in fire

Firefighters roll up hoses and put away equipment after putting out an apartment fire on Davis Street in around 10 minutes. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.1 / 4
Firefighters wrap up hoses after putting out the apartment fire. United Fire and Rescue Hammond Station Assistant Chief Erich Weinert said firefighters began fighting the flames from the back area of the apartment (pictured).2 / 4
Chrissy Ritchie and Scott Waisanen came home to find their apartment filled with smoke Oct. 5 after retrieving some of their possession from storage. They were not present at the time of the fire, and were not physically harmed by the fire. The estimated damage to their ap artment and possessions is unknown.3 / 4
Chrissy Ritchie and Scott Waisanen peek into a window (right) to the inside of their apartment after firefighters put the fire out.4 / 4

Firefighters from United Fire and Rescue Hammond, Roberts and Baldwin were called to an apartment fire at 1030 Davis St. on Friday, Oct. 5, at around 1:20 p.m. They were able to put the fire out in roughly 10 minutes.

Chrissy Ritchie and Scott Waisanen were in the process of taking items from storage to their apartment. They left to retrieve another load from storage, and returned to their apartment. When they opened the door, they saw smoke in the air.

"We just shut it and called 911 right away," Waisanen said.

The fire department is still determining the cause of the fire, but it does appear to have begun in the kitchen area.

While the fire was put out quickly, United Fire and Rescue--Hammond Station Assistant Station Chief Erich Weinert said there is smoke damage throughout the building.

Waisanen and Ritchie do have renter's insurance. Firefighters said Waisanen and Ritchie were lucky because they opened the building's front door first, rather than entering the back door, near the kitchen.

No one was physically harmed in the fire. The estimated extent of damage inside the apartment is as yet unknown.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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