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Employees evacuated following large warehouse fire in Minneapolis

Fire officials say all employees got out safely, but an XCEL Energy worker apparently suffered smoke inhalation while shutting off powerlines.

MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis fire crews responded to a large warehouse fire near the 400 block of 35th Avenue Northeast Friday evening.

Officials tweeted out the fire a little after 5 p.m. and say the building's central three-story tower was fully engulfed in flames, with multiple partial wall collapses reported.

Minneapolis Fire officials called it a "defensive fire," and no crews were permitted inside the building to fight the fire.

Authorities say all employees within the building were evacuated and no injuries have been reported.

The building contained scrap metal, sheet metal, and used appliances, according to Minneapolis Fire.

Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy disabled utilities surrounding the warehouse. 

"An XCEL Energy worker was treated on scene by EMS for possible smoke inhalation received while in their bucket shutting off the powerlines," according to a Minneapolis Fire Dept. news release.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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