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4 Remain Hospitalized in Cedar Avenue Explosion, Fire

Updated: 01/15/2014 7:38 AM
Created: 01/15/2014 7:37 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson

Four people injured in a fatal apartment explosion and fire in Minneapolis remain hospitalized.
    
Three survivors of the New Year's Day fire in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are at the Hennepin County Medical Center. Two remain in critical condition and a third is satisfactory.
    
A fourth victim, Ali Jama, is in fair condition at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. The 41-year-old truck driver broke both legs and several ribs when he jumped from a second-floor window to escape the fire. He told Minnesota Public Radio that he prayed, but he thought he could die.
    
The bodies of two men were recovered from the rubble. A third man later died of his injuries.
    
The cause of the fire that destroyed the Otanga grocery and displaced residents from the apartment above remains under investigation.
    
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