Investigators haven't ruled out arson in W. Broadway fire

Minneapolis Police and Fire Investigators are seeking information on the April 15 fire that destroyed at least 3 buildings on the 900-block of West Broadway Avenue, adding arson hasn't been ruled out.

Firefighters responded to a report of a building fire at 913 W. Broadway Avenue before 9 a.m. and found heavy fire in the back of the structure. They had to evacuate shortly after entering the building because of “the rapidly deteriorating conditions.” Neighborhoods Organizing for Change confirmed the fire destroyed its headquarters.

NOC statement

Today we stand with the Minneapolis Fire and Police Departments to ask for the public's help in finding more information about the April 15 fire that destroyed at least three buildings on West Broadway, including our office.

The investigation by the police department's arson unit has recovered clues that lead us to believe the fire was an arson. Ignitable liquids were recovered from the scene of where the fire originated. In addition, a reliable witness reports that 15 minutes before the fire began, everything was fine in the stairwell where it originated--but 15 minutes later, fire was spreading abnormally rapidly.

"I lost everything but my life," said Terrance Cargill, a resident of the block who was displaced by the fire. "We need the public to help us solve this."

We join displaced residents and the Minneapolis Police and Fire Departments in asking the public to come forward with any information about the April 15 West Broadway fire. Anyone with information about this fire should call the arson hotline at 1-800-723-2020. We hope to find an appropriate and restorative remedy for the person(s) responsible based in the needs and desires of the former tenants of the block.

FULL STORY -  3-alarm fire on W. Broadway

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