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5 Dead in North Minneapolis Duplex Fire

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KSTP TV reports five people were killed in a three-alarm fire at a duplex in North Minneapolis on Friday morning, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said. At least three of the victims were children.

The home is on the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue North near North 29th Avenue. The building is a multiple-family home with at least two units.

The fire chief said they received a call about smoke in the area around 5 a.m. Friday. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke on the second and third floors, which quickly changed to heavy fire.

There were three deceased victims on the scene – all children, Fruetel said. Five additional victims were transferred to either Hennepin County Medical Center or North Memorial Medical Center. The death toll has since been raised to five, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office.

A total of 15 people were living there and have now been displaced. The American Red Cross is helping them.

Officials say the building passed all inspections last fall, but it's unclear if the smoke alarms went off Friday morning.

More than 40 firefighters were dispatched to the scene, and one of them was injured, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.

A cause has not yet been determined; investigators will be on the scene for the rest of the day.

"The entire community is affected by this fire," Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said. "We need to rally together on behalf of the folks here. This is a tragic moment for the city of Minneapolis, a tragic moment for North Minneapolis and a tragic moment for this neighborhood and family."

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