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Woodbury Fire Chief Todd Johnson presents Bella Montantes with an award for bravery on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Woodbury Public Safety Building. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)

Woodbury girl, 6, awarded for bravery during apartment fire

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The fire had been burning for hours already.

A discarded cigarette had ignited a balcony at Woodland Pointe apartments on Oct. 28 and flames were beginning to roar.


But just as the fire was beginning its most destructive tear along the exterior of the eight-unit building, “something really special happened that night,” said Woodbury Fire Chief Todd Johnson.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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