Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Fire Department is reporting that a dog died as a result of a fire in one of the apartment buildings in The Gates of Rochester complex in northwest Rochester Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters were sent to the property in the 2000 block of 41st Street Northwest about 4:20 p.m. after receiving a report of a kitchen fire in one of the apartment units. When they arrived, they found a woman trapped by dense smoke leaning out of the second story window of adjoining apartment.

The firefighters went to work rescuing the woman and putting out the fire, which caused extensive fire and smoke damage to the unit where the fire started in the kitchen. Smoke from the blaze also spread through a shared attic space to an adjacent building, resulting in smoke damage to another six apartments. Overall, the damage was estimated at $50,000.

While no humans were injured, 18 people, including 3 infants and a child, were evacuated from their homes because of the fire. Most were allowed back into their apartments, but officials indicated the Red Cross is providing housing for one adult and one juvenile girl.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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