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Minneapolis explosion and fire injures 14 people

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An explosion followed by a fire occurred at a building which contained about 10 apartments and a grocery store in Minneapolis, Minnesota on New Year’s Day morning, according to an ABC report on Wednesday.

The explosion, which was reported as a three-alarm fire, began at 8:16 a.m. Victims of the incident were outside of the building when firefighters arrived. The second and third floors of the building were engulfed in flames.

Some of the injured persons were injured by jumping out of windows. Fourteen people were hospitalized, of which six are reported to have critical injuries. Hours later, the cause of the fire is unknown.

Unfortunately, not everyone has been accounted for in the building which obviously means there may be more injured or even deaths to report. Fire shot 20 feet into the air from the building as injured persons were seen on the ground in below zero temperatures without coats, hats, or gloves.

There is a mosque located behind the building, and it is thought that that structure may have also been damaged.



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