Minneapolis firefighters battle flames in subzero temps, 1 injured

Minneapolis firefighters battled extremely large flames at a home on the 3700 block of Park Avenue S. in subzero temperatures Thursday. The fire began around 1 a.m. but cause is under investigation. 

Flames were first seen in the basement but then spread to the first floor, which is when fire fighters were forced to evacuate the building and conduct an "exterior attack" through the basement windows instead. After about an hour the fire ended up going all the way through the roof of the home.

Eight people are currently living in the home, and all were able to escape without injuries. At one point, one of the tenants was unaccounted for but was later found safe a few blocks away.

Traffic and power in the area were disrupted for hours as a utility company worked to de-energize the power lines. Metro transit also came to assist at the scene to keep Minneapolis fire fighters warm during rehab.

"No ordinary day at the office for the men and women of Minneapolis Fire Department who battled fire and ice on Park Avenue overnight," the fire department said on Twitter. "Nicely done! Time for a well-deserved rest."

One Minneapolis firefighter was brought to the hospital with injuries after falling on some stairs, but he is recovering – injuries are non-life threatening.


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