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Fire causes at least 13 injuries in Mpls

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Jan 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A three-alarm fire has engulfed several apartment units in Minneapolis, and authorities say at least 13 people have been hurt. No cause of the blaze yet known.

The building is a total loss with a business on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors.

The victims have been rushed to hospitals with injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from falling or jumping from windows. Authorities said 10 of the 13 victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and three of those 10 are in critical condition. The other seven are in satisfactory condition. The three other victims were taken to Fairview University Hospital, and their conditions are not known.

Mayor R.T. Rybak, who is in his last day in office, said a center has been set up to provide assistance for families affected by the fire. He said it’s a very, very difficult and potentially tragic day for Minneapolis. Firefighters are on scene, but their efforts are being hampered by sub-zero temperatures.

The building contains apartments, a grocery store and a mosque...the call of the fire came in at 8:15 a.m. following an explosion.

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