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Apartment blast body: Two dead and 14 injured in Minneapolis New Year's Day fire

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The Minneapolis apartment blast has claimed another victim. According to a Jan. 3 Reuters report, a second body was recovered Friday in the debris of the apartment building destroyed by a New Year’s Day explosion. At least 14 people have been injured and two dead, fire investigators said.

According to the Fargo Forum, one of the 14 injured residents is Somali immigrant Abdi Qobey, who was watching television early New Year’s Day when he heard the “boom,” right before his apartment crumbled around him. As a police officer beckoned for him to jump, 60-year resident Qobey realized survival was his only choice.

“I see the smoke, I see already I’m going to suffocate if I stay one more minute,” he said. “I knew that if I stay, I’m not going to stay alive.” Qobey is currently one of the injured hospitalized after the blast ripped through the three-story brick building. He is recovering from back and leg injuries at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Reuters reports that investigators are checking into a gas leak as the possible cause of the apartment blast housing a ground-floor grocery store and 10 apartments in the predominantly Somali immigrant community. Demolition of the building was completed on Friday, and witnesses told investigators they detected an odor like gas before the blast, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said. The cause remains undetermined.

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