Fire destroyed an apartment complex in Northwest Hutchinson this morning.
Fire Chief Brad Emans says they were called to the fire at 485 California Street at about 8:15 this morning.
Emans says when they arrived, flames were coming out of all three floors of the 7 unit building and they had reports that people were still inside.
Emans says two residents were hanging out windows and were rescued and taken to the Hutchinson Hospital. Their condition is not available. Emans says at that time, they also believed a woman and child may still have been in the building. Crews searched as much as they could before having to exit the building because of deteriorating conditions. Emans says they learned later that the two had exited the building safely and left the scene without telling anyone.
A police officer “jammed” his arm while catching one of the residents as they jumped from a second floor window. Emans says no firefighters were injured.
The structure is a total loss and the cause is under investigation.
The Red Cross was also called in to assist. Executive Director with the South Central Chapter of the American Red Cross Bob Meyer says they have set up a shelter at Christ the King Lutheran Church on South Grade Road in Hutchinson as a gathering spot for the victims and for those that do not have a place to stay.
Meyer says anyone that would like to make a monetary donation they can send it to the American Red Cross, 902 Highway 15 South, Suite 300, Hutchinson, MN 55350