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Friday, February 14, 2014

North Minneapolis Duplex Fire, 5 Children Dead - 02.14.2014

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (KSTP TV5) Five children were killed in a three-alarm fire at a duplex in North Minneapolis on Friday morning, according to a source.

The home is on the 2800 block of North Colfax Avenue near North 29th Avenue. The building is a multiple-family home with at least two units.

It is believed the fire started in the center of the second floor and then extended to the first floor before climbing to the third, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said.

The fire chief said they received a call about smoke in the area around 5 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke on the second and third floors, which quickly changed to heavy fire.

"Crews did a remarkable job of extracting what victims they could," said Fruetel. "They made entrance into the structure under very, very precarious conditions."

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Five children died after a Friday morning fire in a north Minneapolis duplex, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Crews were called to the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue North around 5 a.m. When authorities arrived, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the second and third floors of the home. The smoke quickly changed to fire.

More than 40 firefighters were called to the scene where cold conditions made battling the blaze difficult.

“They made entry into the structure under very, very, very precarious conditions,” said Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel.
Crews were able to get several people out of the home, but the Hennepin County Medical Examiner said five children died. According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, three of the children died on the scene. Fruetel said other victims, including one adult who is a parent, were taken to either North Memorial Medical Center or Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

One firefighter was also injured, but was quickly treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and released.

Fruetel said that 15 people total live in the duplex.

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(The usual disclaimers: I am not a journalist; This is a blog that expresses an outlook and is not conclusive in any shape or manner.) 

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