A duplex fire broke out in Faribault on Saturday and two families, including four children, were displaced, according to fire officials.

Fire Chief Dusty Dienst told KDHL that firefighters were dispatched to the 500 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest about 7:55AM on the report of a fire.

The blaze appears to have started in the stairway that leads to the apartment upstairs. The second-floor apartment suffered significant fire damage and is considered a total loss. The first floor apartment suffered water and smoke damage.

No people were hurt but a cat was lost in the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the two displaced families.

Dienst says the upstairs apartment residents were able to go out a window onto the roof and firefighters were able to bring a ladder to them.

The State Fire Marshal has been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

Dienst said the smoke detector was definitely working because it went off again today even though it was barely recognizable due to melting in the blaze.

Faribault Duplex where Fire Happened Saturday- photo by Gordy Kosfeld February 6, 2017
Faribault Duplex where Fire Happened Saturday- photo by Gordy Kosfeld February 6, 2017
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