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5 Dead after Minneapolis Duplex Fire

Justin Chavez3 years ago

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that a fire that took place in Minneapolis early Friday (Feb.14) has left five people dead.

Three of the victims were children, and information about the other two victims was not immediately released. 

Details of the Minneapolis Fire

  • Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said that the firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex. 
  • According to the Seatle Post-Intellegencer,15 people lived in the duplex. 
  • It took firefighters 2 1/2 to extinguish the fire. The exterior appeared to remain intact while the interior was charred and blackened with broken beams and damaged insulation. 
  • Other residents that were injured were taken to an area hospital, and of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene, only one was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury. 
  • An investigation to determine the cause of the fire is now underway. 

Home Fire Safety Tips

  • According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 3,400 die every year in fires and roughly 17,500 more are injured. The majority of the fires occur in the home.
  • The U.S. Fire Administration advises that every home have at least one working smoke detector. These inexpensive devices can more than double a person’s chance of surviving a fire.
  • Once purchased, smoke detectors should be tested monthly and should have its batteries replaced once a year. The smoke detector itself should be replace every ten years.
  • People should avoid overloading circuits and extension cords and should never place cords uner rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.
  • Be aware of any unusual smells or noises that are emitted from home appliances as they could indicate a problem – if you cannot identify the problem, then the appliance should be unplugged until it is professionally repaired or replaced.


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