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Hibbing home damaged by fire

This home in Hibbing was damaged by fire early Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Hibbing Fire Department)

One person was transported to a hospital for possible smoke inhalation following a house fire in Hibbing on Wednesday morning.

Two adults and two children were evacuated from their home at 1924 Seventh Ave. E. after a fire was reported in the attic shortly before 5 a.m., according to Hibbing Fire Marshal Bryan Fagerstrom. Flames could be seen coming from the home’s roof vents. The fire was isolated to the home’s attic space and was quickly extinguished, but it burned away a portion of the roof. The home’s occupant, who suffered from smoke inhalation, was treated and released from the hospital on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but there’s no indication of foul play, Fagerstrom said. Damages are estimated at $120,000.

The home had working smoke alarms, but because the fire was in the attic, there wasn’t enough smoke inside the home to activate the alarms, Fagerstrom said. The home’s occupants didn’t know their home was on fire until Hibbing police officers woke them up.

Although the alarms didn’t activate, the Hibbing Fire Department still wants to remind people to have working smoke alarms in every bedroom, immediately outside every bedroom and on every level of the house.

The Chisholm Fire and EMS, Keewatin Fire, Virginia Fire, Hibbing Police, Hibbing Public Utilities and Hibbing Public Works departments also responded to the call.

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