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Explosion and fire at 514 Cedar building

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This morning, shortly after 8:00 a.m., an explosion was heard coming from a building located on 514 Cedar Avenue in Minneapolis. The situation has now been termed a “Three Alarm Fire.” The Minneapolis fire chief has confirmed that at least thirteen people have been injured, including six critical injuries.

The three-story building is home to a community center, apartments, Otanga Grocery and a mosque. WCCO news is currently airing a live video feed of firefighters trying to get this fire under control. For the video feed, see the following link-
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/live-video/

Plumes of smoke can be seen from this fire off of highway 94. When firefighters arrived on the scene, people could be seen jumping out of the building on from the second and third floor, which collapsed shortly thereafter. This collapse made it impossible for emergency crew to enter the building. This emergency situation has become even more difficult due to the extreme cold which has made nearby streets a sheet of ice, making it even more difficult for emergency vehicles to traverse the area.

Mayor Rybak and Mayor Elect Hodges are expected to be at the scene sometime today.

The cause of the explosion and ensuing fire is unknown at this point.

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