Four officers said one person was injured after jumping from the second floor.
MINNEAPOLIS — One person was injured after jumping from a second-story window to escape a fire at a boarded-up apartment building in Minneapolis on Saturday morning.
According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, several people were in the building at the time of the fire, and at one point one of them jumped out of an upstairs window. Officials say the person has been medically assessed by HCMC paramedics and is in “stable” condition.
Deputy chief Rita Juran said crews were working to find out if anyone else was inside.
“We have unconfirmed reports that other people may have been in the building. We cannot confirm this at this time. We called the state firefighter to the scene to help with the investigation,” Juran said.
“I’m just shocked,” said Michelle Davis. Davis lives next door to the building where the fire happened.
“I looked out my window and all I saw was fire spewing from the first, second, and third floors,” Davis said. “I just hope no one else was in there… It’s well known… the homeless… come and sleep at night to escape the cold.”
Officials said they were called to a boarded-up apartment near Pizza’s Leaning Tower just before 6:15 a.m. to report smoke coming from the building. Crews evacuated the building before the fire eventually spread to all four floors, causing partial collapse of the roof and exterior wall in the alleys.
The Minneapolis Fire Department said no other buildings were damaged.
According to the City of Minneapolis website, C David George owns the property. The city’s website shows 121 violations for the property dating back to June 7, 2000.
KARE 11 staff emailed C David George and called the phone number posted on a sign on the vacant building and have received no reply.
This is an evolving story and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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