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Firefighters rescue woman from smoke-filled apartment


Brainerd firefighters rescued a woman from a smoke-filled apartment Wednesday night.

Firefighters responded at 6:36 p.m. Wednesday to the apartment at 717 Ivy St. after receiving a report of smoke in the complex.


Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said firefighters with air packs needed to breach the apartment door to get inside and found the woman unconscious and her apartment filled with smoke.

The woman was checked out at the scene by North Ambulance and transported to Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd for further treatment for smoke inhalation. She didn’t suffer burns, Stunek said.

“There could have been a huge issue there” had firefighters not entered the apartment when they did, Stunek said.

The cause of the smoke was burned food on the stove, Stunek said. There was no other damage and firefighters ventilated the apartment.

The Brainerd Police Department assisted at the scene.

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Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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