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Apartment blast: Body number 2 pulled from charred rubble as gruesome task ends

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A second body was pulled from the charred remains of the apartment blast in Minneapolis. With all now accounted for the gruesome task of looking for bodies has ended in this New Year's Day tragedy. At least 14 people were injured when the building blew up and engulfed in flames immediately, according to Reuters on Jan. 3.

Firefighters found the first body searching the building for remains after the fire on Wednesday and the second body was recovered Thursday. Authorities believe all the people in the building are accounted for and the demolition of the building was completed on Friday.

This three-alarm fire raged right after there was an explosion in the building. Many of the injured victims were burnt or had sustained trauma from jumping out of the windows to escape the inferno that this three-story building turned into.

The origin of the blast is still not known, but residents do report detecting an odor, which could possibly have been gas, right before the building blew up. The investigation is still underway today.

A scan of the neighborhood by the Center Point area’s distribution system did not detect any gas odors or leaks in the vicinity.

14 people were taken to the hospital reports indicate that three are still in critical condition today. One of the injured is listed in fair condition and the rest are listed in satisfactory condition.