Crews battle 3-alarm fire at Minneapolis apartment building

12:35 PM, Mar 9, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - At least 30 residents are homeless after an aggressive three-alarm fire tore through an apartment building in Minneapolis Friday morning.

Calls for the fire came in to dispatchers at 2 a.m. reporting the blaze at the St. George Apartments near 17th Street East and 2nd Avenue South.

Responding fire crews rescued one person from the third floor. Officials believe the fire started in the basement of the four-floor apartment building.

Crews began an interior attack soon after arriving, but were forced to move outside after the floors of the 32-unit building became soft due to fire and water. Flames could be seen leaping into the sky for blocks, and the scene created a major gawker slowdown on nearby Interstate 94.

The fire escalated from a single alarm to three alarms as the fire got into the walls and quickly spread throughout the building.

One firefighter sustained a minor injury but no other injuries are being reported at this time.

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