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News Release—Update
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11 a.m. update on 516 Cedar Ave. S. fire
January 3, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) At approximately 10 a.m. Friday, Minneapolis Fire Department officials confirmed that a second body was discovered in the structure at 516 Cedar Ave. S. The victim has been turned over to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office and any further questions about the victim can be directed to them. Crews will continue to remove debris today. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Background At 8:16 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, Minneapolis fire crews responded to a report of an explosion at 516 Cedar Ave. S. Upon their arrival they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the second and third floors of a three story building. They also found several victims outside with injuries. Firefighters rescued other victims from the building and made entry on the first floor to combat the blaze. They were able to make some progress on the first floor but had to be evacuated because of the volume of fire and the structural integrity of the building. Fire crews then fought the fire defensively from the exterior. A second alarm was called at 8:22 a.m. and the third alarm was called at 8:33 a.m. to get additional firefighters on scene to fight the fire and because of the inclement weather conditions. There were more than 50 firefighters on scene to mitigate this incident. Fourteen victims of this incident were transported to area hospitals. PIO contact for this incident is Assistant Chief Chérie A. Penn.
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