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Apartment blast: Body found in Minnesota apartment is second victim

An apartment blast in Minneapolis has turned up a second body, reports CNN on Friday. The body was found Friday in the charred remains of the three-story Minneapolis apartment building where an explosion and fire ripped through the 10-unit complex on New Year’s Day.
Fire officials said Friday they believe they have accounted for all victims of a New Year’s Day explosion and fire in a Minneapolis apartment building.

The three-alarm fire caused multiple injuries and two deaths thus far. Firefighters found the first body Wednesday while they were going through the building.

The second victim was found as work began Friday to demolish what was left of the late 1880s building. The demolition was abruptly halted and the medical examiner was called after crews discovered the body, NBC affiliate station KARE in Minneapolis reported.

The early morning explosion on Wednesday set plumes of smoke rising into the icy air, obscuring the view of the skyline. Fourteen people were taken to hospitals. Three remain there in critical condition.

Investigators on the scene initially reported that all those who were in the building at the time of the explosion had been accounted for. On Thursday, fire officials confirmed that the second and third floors had collapsed and that some in the building were still missing. The first floor of the building housed a grocery store.

Neither of the victims’ names was released.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said investigators are focusing on the possibility that the blast was linked to a natural gas explosion, which, given the size and the type of the sudden explosion, seems the likely explanation.

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