Minneapolis police 3rd Precinct building on fire; city asks those in area to move away due to potential gas leak

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Protests in the Twin Cities are continuing Thursday night after George Floyd’s death.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct building is on fire as protests continue in Minneapolis and St. Paul on Thursday night.

Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder said all staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.

The City of Minneapolis said they have heard unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the 3rd Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building. In the event the building explodes, people in the area asked to retreat to avoid potential danger.

The St. Paul Police Department added that over 170 businesses have been either looted or damaged or both, as of late Thursday night. They also said no injuries had yet been reported.

Protesters are also seen blocking some traffic on Interstate 35W near 3rd Street in downtown Minneapolis.

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A large fire was started across the street from Target on University Avenue in St. Paul at around 9 p.m.

KSTP Reporter Beth McDonough was near the scene and reports that firefighters were asking police for protection so they could battle the flames.

Earlier, an estimated 4,000 people marched in downtown Minneapolis.

Meanwhile, fires were started at a few businesses in St. Paul.

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McDonough captured pictures of firefighters at a Napa Auto Parts on University Avenue. She reported that at least two other nearby businesses had smoke coming from them, too.

St. Paul Police confirmed the fire at Napa.

Shortly before 10 p.m., protesters were seen on traffic cameras walking on Interstate 35W near Hiawatha Avenue.

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