Cannon Falls Fire Victims Update
The Cannon Falls Police Department updated the conditions of the victims involved in yesterday afternoon's fire in a 12 unit apartment complex in town.
Cannon Falls Police Chief Jeff McCormick says the father granted permission to provide an update on the conditions of those injured.
No identities have been released.
The mother seen at the door infront of the building with an arm injury was released from the hospital.
All three children have been stabilized and placed in a medically induced coma. They are being treated in a burn unit.
Chief McCormick says, "Both the father and the mother are thankful for the prayers and well wishes they have received for their children and family."
The initial News Release concerning the Wednesday, April 19, 2023 fire report is included below.
"On April 19, 2023 at approximately 1:14 pm Officers of the Cannon Falls Police Department responded to a 911 call of an apartment fire with children trapped inside the apartment located at 1201 1st St. N., Cannon Falls. The Cannon Falls Police Department, Cannon Falls Fire Department and Cannon Falls Ambulance responded."
"The first officer to arrive found the apartment resident, an adult female at the front of the building with an arm injury. The female advised that three children were inside the apartment and she had gotten cut trying to get them. From the outside of the complex the officer found the apartment bedroom fully engulfed. The officer broke out the second bedroom windows and the living room windows in an attempt to find the children. One of the children was spotted by an Ambulance member, and then the second was spotted close by in the living room. The window was cleared of glass and one of the ambulance members climbed in and handed the children to the officer and other ambulance member."
"Both children were rushed to the ambulance and transported to the hospital. The third child was found by a firefighter shortly after entering the residence and was handed to the officer. First aid and oxygen were administered at the scene until the child could be transported to the hospital by ambulance."
"The adult female was also transported to the hospital by ambulance. The children were later transferred by Air Ambulance to another hospital for specialized care. The medical status of the children and mother are unknown at this time, beyond being in critical condition at the beginning of the incident."
"The fire was brought under control and the focus shifted to the remaining apartments in the structure. All residents had evacuated on their own. The Fire Department verified by checking all the apartments. Then the Fire Department worked to reunite pets with their owners."
"All twelve units were displaced for the night and residents were being assisted by the American Red Cross."
"The Cannon Falls Police Department and the State Fire Marshal are working to determine the cause of the fire."
"The Cannon Falls Police Department wants to than the citizens that helped as well as all the additional agencies that assisted during this event including the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office, Red Wing Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, State Patrol. Randolph Fire Department, Meisville Fire Department, Northfield Fire Department, Northfield Ambulance Service, Zumbrota Ambulance Service and Mayo Ambulance Service."