October 08, 2017 03:04 PM
Minneapolis police have made an arrest in connection with a fire that left one man dead and displaced almost 30 people in Minneapolis late Friday night.
Marcus Dewayne Shanks, 30, has been booked into Hennepin County Jail on probable cause murder charges.
Crews responded to the fire, now being investigated as an arson, at a 22-unit apartment building on Park Avenue South at about 10:45 p.m., when they found fire showing from the first three floors.
"I saw some guy in the hallway. I don't know him and I said what are you doing? He said I'm about to set you on fire you all better get out of here, and that's when I ran," said Iris Mitchell, who lives in the apartment building. "I saw him spraying stuff on the carpet and stuff, lighter fluid stuff."
The Minneapolis Fire Department said it was later notified that one man who went to the hospital had died, but the cause of his death had not been officially declared. Nine people have died from Minneapolis fires this year.
Another person is in the hospital in stable condition after, while others were treated for smoke inhalation. Two firefighters were injured, but they were quickly treated and released.
BREAKING- Minneapolis police say fatal apt fire on Park Ave IS suspicious. Arson investigators will be on scene. 1 man died trying to escape pic.twitter.com/yzII4eW7e8— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) October 7, 2017
A release said crews rescued everyone else who couldn't escape from the building on their own.
"I thought we were going to die," said Jennifer Tesch, a tenant in the apartment complex. "I am shocked."
Tesch just moved in to the building a month ago. She says not even working in level one trauma at the hospital would prepare her for this.
"I'm used to helping everybody else but when it happens to your own surroundings and own personal self is in danger it's extremely emotional," Tesch said.
Arson investigators were on the scene Saturday. Red Cross is helping 19 families following the fire.
"We lost an innocent community member because of somebody's foolishness," Tesch said. "They tried to kill a lot of people in this building last night."
"You all better get out because everybody is going to die" What this woman who lives in the building says a man told her before fire started pic.twitter.com/sXy0FacbSY— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) October 7, 2017
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Updated: October 08, 2017 03:04 PM
Created: October 07, 2017 10:04 AM
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