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NEW INFORMATION: 5 people die in Minneapolis duplex fire

By: AP Email
By: AP Email
ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton released the following statement today following a residential fire in Minneapolis that took the lives of five Minnesotans.
 
“Today we mourn the loss of five Minnesotans, some of them children, whose lives were taken by a terrible in-home fire.  I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  I also want to thank the Minneapolis firefighters and other first responders, whose heroism saved lives this morning.”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says five people have died in a duplex fire in Minneapolis.

The victims include at least three children who died at the scene of Friday morning's fire. No details have been released about the two additional victims.

Other residents were injured and taken to hospitals. Asst. Fire Chief Cherie Penn says in an email that one of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims and survivors.

Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Fire officials says three children have died and five others have been injured in a duplex fire in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says the three children died at the scene of the fire in north Minneapolis Friday morning and the injured were taken to North Memorial and Hennepin County Medical Center.

The chief says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims. Firefighters rescued and provided medical care for several victims on the scene.

Crews responded to the fire about 5 a.m. and within a half-hour three alarms were called. More than 40 firefighters were dispatched to the fire. One was injured on scene. Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.
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Coverage from KARE-TV:

MINNEAPOLIS (KARE-TV)- Three children are confirmed dead following a three-alarm fire on the north side of Minneapolis Friday morning.

The fire at a duplex at 2818 Colfax Avenue North was called in just before 5 a.m.

Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the second and third floors. Chief John Fruetel says the situation quickly escalated to heavy fire, and his firefighters made entry to the building under what he termed "precarious" conditions. The bodies of three children were recovered, and five others were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and North Memorial Medical Center. At this point their conditions are unknown.

A woman who lived in the downstairs of the duplex says her little brother woke her up, saying the man upstairs was screaming and the home smelled of smoke. Taleaha Cox says that man and seven children lived in the upstairs duplex. Cox says the man's partner, the mother of the children, died in the past few months.

A total of 15 people lived in the duplex: 7 of them are being assisted by the Red Cross.

One Minneapolis firefighter was injured while battling the blaze.


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