1 person jumps from 2nd floor of vacant Minneapolis apartment building to escape fire

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The Minneapolis Fire Department began battling a large fire around 7 a.m. Saturday at what firefighters say is a vacant and boarded apartment building near the edge of the city’s Lowry Hill East and Whittier neighborhoods.

Firefighters say there were “several squatters” in the building when the fire started, adding one person jumped from the second floor to evacuate. That person has been given medical attention.

The total number of people evacuated and the extent of possible victims’ injuries has not been specified.

About half an hour after crews showed up, they were using two ladder water towers and several ground lines, as the fire had spread to all floors of the building on the 2300 block of Lyndale Avenue South.

The roof had also partially collapsed around that time. The fire was at a second alarm as of posting.

A 5 EYEWITNSS NEWS photographer witnessed large smoke clouds coming from the scene during the 7 a.m. hour.

At the time of posting, the fire was still not declared out.

Check back for updates and video from the scene.

(Nate Bergeson/KSTP)