Fire in Minneapolis leaves more than a dozen homeless on Christmas

December 25, 2018 10:16 PM

Two people were checked for injuries and four more suffered superficial burns in a fire in south Minneapolis Tuesday, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at a fourplex at 24th Street and 10th Avenue South and is now under control, the fire department said.

"Several calls that came in from passersby saying that they'd seen fire out of the corner of the second floor of this building here," Deputy Chief Kathleen Mullen said.

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Firefighters arrived within minutes of the calls for help.

"They had pretty significant fire coming out of these windows that you see behind me. We ended up having to cut a hole in the roof to try to release some of the heat and some of the smoke. Crews were able to get lines laid and get water on the fire fairly quickly," she said.

The building is made up of four apartments upstairs and small businesses downstairs. A woman who owns a dry cleaning business downstairs could do nothing but watch everything unfold.

"Too much smoke and I see the upstairs. I don't know what happened," she said.  

The Red Cross also responded to assist an unknown number of displaced residents.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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Todd Wilson & Anthony Brousseau

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