MINNEAPOLIS - An early morning fire inside a Minneapolis duplex chased two dozen people out into the cold Tuesday.

Minneapolis firefighters were initially called to the home on the 1600 block of Hillside Avenue North around 10:30 Monday night but were unable to find anything.

Crews responded a second time to reports of smoke just before 12:15 a.m. and found the home on fire. It appears to have started in the basement and burned its way inside the walls up to the second floor.

"I hear him (a housemate) screaming everybody get the kids out of the house," said resident Paris McGary. "The house is on fire. We didn't know where it was coming from. We're looking all through the drawers, everywhere, but we see smoke coming from everywhere. By the time we go in the bathroom the curtains are burning and the tub is about to go to the bottom floor."

The Red Cross confirms that 11 adults and 13 children were able to escape safely. They are being sheltered at an area hotel while their needs are being assessed.

One firefighter suffered a minor injury to her knee or ankleand was taken to H-C-M-C. She is expected to fully recover.