Minneapolis firefighters battled extreme cold in two separate house fires overnight on the city's south side and north side. One person died at the hospital following the house fire at 2427 Pleasant Avenue S. -- the second fire fatality in Minneapolis in 2015.
1631 Newton Ave. N
January 12, 10:46 p.m.
Firefighters responded to a fire at the two and a half story home. Crews had to be evacuated from the house due to the amount of fire, which had burned partially through the first floor and porch, making the first floor unstable.
Crews fought the fire from the exterior and re-entered the building a short time later to extinguish the fire in the basement and the first and second floors. The home was heavily damaged but three people were able to escape safely.
One firefighter was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for evaluation and was treated and released for a minor knee injury. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
2427 Pleasant Ave. S
January 12, 10:54 p.m.
Heavy fire was showing from the second floor when firefighters arrived. Crews entered and extinguished fire in a bedroom. During searches, one victim was located. The victim was taken to HCMC, where they died. The cause of the fire is under investigation.