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2 taken to hospital after Minneapolis house fire

Updated: July 08, 2019 06:26 PM

Two people with serious injuries were taken to a hospital Monday morning after escaping a house fire in Minneapolis overnight.

Authorities said firefighters responded to the scene of the fire along 16th Avenue North near Irving Avenue at about 12:20 a.m. and saw smoke showing.

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The department said crews determined the smoke was coming from the basement, and the fire extended to the first floor of the home.

Firefighters said 12 family members lived at the residence, including eight children, and all were able to exit.

Some had to jump out of a second-story window to escape the house fire.

"Crews were able to help the folks that had jumped out of the windows, (who) suffered some injuries from jumping out of the second-floor windows, get them to ambulances, and extinguish the fire fairly quickly," Deputy Chief Kathleen Mullen, with the Minneapolis Fire Department, said.

A male was taken to a hospital for treatment of a broken arm, and a female was also transported for treatment of a broken leg, the department said.

"Flames started coming up the side window, people jumping out the back window, it was kind of horrible," neighbor Jerry Jones said. 

The department said it took firefighters about 40 minutes to extinguish the fire. The 12 residents were displaced by the fire and the Red Cross is assisting.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation

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