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UPDATE: Several Hurt After Apartment Explosion in Minneapolis

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A dramatic rescue effort out of Minneapolis on Wednesday as firefighters pull out victims trying desperately to escape a burning building. Fourteen people were sent to the hospital, and three people are unaccounted for after the explosion and fire rocked the apartment in the morning hours.

Christopher Ridley felt the explosion from his home across the street. "I didn't know.. thought happened to my building," Ridley said.

He says what he saw will haunt him forever. "I looked out here people jumped out window, wanted to come out and do something but what are you going to do you know?"

The three story building filled with shops and apartments collapsed leaving more than a dozen people hurt, and dozens of onlookers wondering if one they knew was among the injured.

About fifty Minneapolis firefighters fought through the cold for hours to stop the flames from the outside.

"It's brutal.... Just a tough day on everybody. You all know, you're all standing in it. Imagine standing in the water. It's very cold so we'll have to take care of our firefighters, take care of the people who have been displaced, so it's a tough day," said Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and Fruetel says it likely won't be for "some time." He adds it is likely the entire building is a complete loss.

ORIGINAL STORY

MINNEAPOLIS (KARE-11)-Officials say at least 13 people are hospitalized following a building explosion and fire in Minneapolis Wednesday morning.

A Hennepin County EMS says that more than a dozen people have been hurt and rushed to a number of local hospitals. He describes the injuries as ranging from burns to trauma suffered while falling or jumping from windows.

Ball does say all people thought to have been in the building at the time of the explosion have been accounted for.

A check on Google Maps indicates that the main floor of the structure houses a business called the Otanga Grocery, with the upper two floors consisting of apartments.

Firefighters are swarming the scene after the call was elevated to three alarms. Unconfirmed reports say the second and third floors of the structure have collapsed. The frigid weather conditions are making things both challenging and dangerous for crews trying to put down the blaze.

 

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