Emergency personnel respond the scene of an explosion and fire at 5th and Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis, Minn., on Jan 1.(Photo: David Vance, KARE)
MINNEAPOLIS - Authorities say at least 13 people are hospitalized following a building explosion and fire in Minneapolis Wednesday morning.
The reported address of the incident is 514 Cedar Avenue South. Robert Ball of Hennepin County EMS tells KARE 11 that more than a dozen people have been injured and rushed to a number of local hospitals. He describes the injuries as ranging from burns to trauma suffered while falling or jumping from windows.
Ball does say all people thought to have been in the building at the time of the explosion have been accounted for.
A check on Google Maps indicates that the main floor of the structure houses a business called the Otanga Grocery, with the upper two floors consisting of apartments.
Firefighters are swarming the scene after the call was elevated to three alarms. Unconfirmed reports say the second and third floors of the structure have collapsed. The frigid weather conditions are making things both challenging and dangerous for crews trying to put down the blaze.