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Resident Dies in Multi-Apartment Fire on Villa Rosa

The victim's name has not yet been released, and officials are investigating the cause of the fire. The Red Cross stepped in to help remaining victims.

A two-alarm fire in the 5200 block of Villa Rosa late Saturday night rendered several apartments uninhabitable, displacing the residents, including some families and individuals.

At least one resident was killed in the fire, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The victim's name has not yet been released, but firefighters said they found the person on the third floor of the building.

"When crews arrived on the scene, they found fire on the third floor with approximately five people trapped, hanging out the window," Battalion Chief Todd Phillips told the Post. "One of the five was a two-week old infant."

The baby was handed out the window and taken down the ladder.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but officials are investigating.

The American Red Cross St. Louis Area Chapter responded quickly, sending Disaster Action Teams in to help the residents with their immediate needs, including emergency assistance for food, clothing and shelter.

“The Red Cross is able to respond quickly when emergencies happen thanks to our generous donors,” the organization said in a press release Sunday morning.

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