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Saturday fire destroys building, sends firefighter to hospital

A Saturday morning fire destroyed a multi-tenant residence at 3420 N. 21st St. and displaced three residents. Ken Olson/Superior Telegram

A Saturday morning fire destroyed a multi-tenant residence at 3420 N. 21st St. and displaced three residents. One firefighter experienced medical difficulties and had to exit the structure, according to a release from Battalion Chief Scott Gordon with the Superior Fire Department. The firefighter was taken by ambulance to St. Luke’s Hospital, where he was treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

All three fire trucks and 12 firefighters responded to the structure fire at 5:33 a.m. Saturday. The multi-story, multi-family building had heavy smoke showing from three sides,. All three tenants were out of the building.

Fire crews made several attempts to extinguish the fire, but interior attacks were unsuccessful. They adopted a defensive strategy, leading to the loss of the building. Crews remain on scene monitoring for fire spots. The estimated loss was $250,000.

The Red Cross is assisting the three displaced residents with food and shelter.

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