Vicksburg Village apartment fire in Plymouth (PHOTOS) - KMSP-TV

Plymouth apartment fire apparently started by A/C unit

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PLYMOUTH, Minn. (KMSP) -

A five-alarm fire at the Vicksburg Village apartments in Plymouth, Minn. forced dozens of people out of their homes overnight.

The fire started just before 4 a.m. Friday. The police chief said initial calls indicate an exterior air conditioning unit caught on fire. The building did not have a sprinkler system.

Some residents suffered from smoke inhalation, but no major injuries were reported.

"Until I opened that door I thought it was a false alarm," said Jodirae Foss.

The heaviest damage was reported on the second and third floors of the building, as well as the attic, but it's not yet known how many of the 62 units were affected.

The Red Cross was assisting displaced residents Friday morning. About 60 people were evacuated. Firefighters were escorting residents back into the building Friday morning to retrieve personal items.

Crews will remain on the scene throughout the day Friday to monitor hotspots.

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