CROSBY -- Two Crosby police officers rescued two women from a burning Crosby apartment building Friday.
The fire, reported about 11 p.m. at the Hunter Apartments on First Street Northwest, is believed to have been arson. A 41-year-old Crosby man was arrested and is being held in the Crow Wing County Jail pending formal charges.
No one was injured in the fire, the Crosby Police Department reported.
The initial call received by the Crosby Police Department was of a snowmobile on fire at the apartment building. When Crosby police officers Jesse Smith and Steve Ringhand arrived at the apartment building they found it engulfed in flames.
Smith and Ringhand entered the apartment building and helped two women, including one who had been sleeping, out of the building, Crosby Police Chief John Drennan said today.
"The officers did a real good job," Drennan said. "According to the fire marshal, if they didn't kick open the doors, possibly one person and maybe both would've died."
After re-entering the building to look for other occupants, Smith also rescued two cats from the fire.
At the scene officers found evidence of arson and arrested the 41-year-old man. Drennan said the suspect, apparently upset with one of the tenants of the building, set the snowmobile on fire, which in turn set the apartment building on fire.
"It was a domestic-type situation," said Drennan. "He was ticked off at his girlfriend or whatever, and started the fire."
There was extensive damage to the building, which contains four apartments.
The Crosby Fire Department and the state fire marshal's office, with Crosby police, are investigating the fire. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department and Crosby Ambulance assisted at the scene.
Drennan said Smith and Ringhand will receive commendations for their efforts.
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