MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis fire investigators have determined a deadly fire at a Minneapolis high rise building last week was accidental.
According to a news release, the fire was traced to a bedroom in a 14th floor apartment unit. The investigation found the cause of the fire is "undetermined" but the "classification of the fire is accidental.”
The three-alarm fire was first reported around 4 a.m. on Nov. 27 on the 14th floor of a public high-rise apartment building on the 600 block of Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis. Firefighters arrived to find flames had spread into the 14th floor hallway.
Five people were killed in the fire; the Minneapolis Fire Department said four of the victims were found on the 14th floor and pronounced dead on the scene; a fifth victim was found in a stairway and taken to a hospital, where they later died.
The medical examiner identified the victims as Jerome Stuart, 59; Nadifa Mohamud, 67; Maryan Mohamed Mohamud, 69; Amatalah Adam, 78; and Tyler Baron, 32.
Three other people and one firefighter were taken to the hospital.