One person died when fire broke out Thursday morning at a Mound apartment building, according to the Minnesota state fire marshal’s office.
The victim, whose name has not been released, was badly burned and unconscious when rescue workers arrived at Grandview Terrace Apartments about 8:30 a.m. She died at the scene, according to live police scanners transmissions.
Several other residents were displaced from the building in the 5600 block of Grandview Blvd.
Officials went door to door to check on other residents and get them out of the building.
A Metro Transit bus was called to the scene to provide shelter for 30 to 40 people. The Red Cross and Salvation Army were also called in.
The death was the state’s first fire fatality of 2017. Last year there were 36, the second-lowest number since the fire marshal began compiling those statistics in 1970. The lowest was 35 in 2009 and the highest was 57 in 2015.