Crews respond to house explosion, fire in Uptown

8:44 PM, Sep 17, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Crews were called to a south Minneapolis 4-plex after a report of an explosion and fire on Tuesday afternoon.

The home, located in Uptown, is near 31st and Grand Avenue in the Lyn-Lakes Neighborhood.

Shortly after 4 p.m., flames were visible shooting through the roof of the home. As of about 4:30 p.m., the flames were out.

Minneapolis Fire Department officials said that there were no injuries and that nobody was inside of the home at the time of the explosion.

One dog was killed.

Neighbors that spoke to KARE 11 said the explosion could be heard from several blocks away.

"It sounded like a bomb. That's what it sounded like, a big bomb," said one witness. "When we heard it, man, my landlord came running out and then we didn't see anything. All we saw was smoke, no fire and the front porch blew off."

"We didn't see anything right away, and then all of a sudden it was all on fire," another witness said.

The initial call came in as a gas explosion, but the cause has not been confirmed by investigators.

CenterPoint Energy crews were also on the scene of the fire.

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