On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at approximately 1:53 a.m. the Redwood Falls Fire and Redwood Falls Police departments were dispatched to the River Ridge Apartments site located at 201 South Minnesota Street in Redwood Falls on a call the building was filling with smoke.
Upon arrival officers found one of the apartments fully engulfed and smoke filling the hallways. Officers and deputies from the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department assisted residents from the structure, and the fire was extinguished shortly after the fire department arrived on scene.
One resident jumped from the second story of the building and suffered a broken leg. The male, identified as Michael Knabel, 45, of Redwood Falls, was transported by North Memorial Ambulance to the Redwood Area Hospital for treatment.
The fire department was on scene for two hours. Redwood County Emergency Management also provided on-scene assistance.
Twenty-four residents have been immediately displaced until the building can be inspected and repairs can be made. Early estimates are that the building will be unlivable for several weeks.
The Red Cross was dispatched to assist 10 residents who did not have friends or family members to house them until the building is repaired.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, with the state fire marshall leading the investigation of the incident.
Those who would like to make donations to assist the victims are encouraged to contact Lori O’Leary with the United Community Action Partnership at (507) 637-2187, extension 2158, to ask what items or services are most needed.