ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Hundreds of workers and customers were forced to evacuate an office tower in a Twin Cities suburb after an explosion and fire in the basement.
Fire officials say a transformer exploded and knocked out power to the 22-story building in St. Louis Park late Thursday morning. Workers went home for the day.
It happened in the 600 block of Shelard Parkway around 11 a.m.
Crews were given the all-clear around 1:30 p.m.
No injuries were reported.
Exactly what triggered the fire is unclear but one thing that is certain is that the conditions were brutal for firefighters, with heat indexes that approached triple digits. Air conditioned tents were set up for firefighters. Firefighters from Golden Valley, Excelsior, Minnetonka and other communities were called to assist.
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