North Minneapolis house fire traps woman on second floor

Shortly before 3 a.m., Minneapolis firefighters were dispatched to 1001 James Ave. N. on a report of a house fire with occupants trapped inside.

On arrival, crews encountered people fleeing the burning building and were told that an least one resident was still in there.

More info comes from a Minneapolis Fire Department press release:

At approximately 0254 hours, crews were called to 1001 James Ave N., for a report of a house fire, with occupants trapped. On arrival, crews found a house with fire on the back porch, occupants fleeing the building, and a report of at least one person still remaining on the second floor.

Crews immediately began initiating a rescue while the fire rapidly progressed from the porch to inside the first floor, and then up to the second floor. Crews knocked down the fire from the outside, before proceeding inside to extinguish the remaining fire on the first and second floor. A second alarm was called for at approximately 0308. Shortly after, a female was found on the second floor and removed via ladder. She was transferred immediately to HCMC for transport and no other details are available regarding her at this time.

The fire was contained and extinguished by 0330, with crews completing overhaul and putting out hot spots until the fire was under control at 0355. An unknown number of occupants were displaced; however Red Cross was not needed for assistance.

The fire is still under investigation, but at this time is officially undetermined.

This morning, authorities updated the woman's condition on Twitter:

More from the Minneapolis Fire Department:

A 49 year old female, removed from the fire by fire department personnel, was transferred to the burn unit this morning. Her condition was described as ‘serious' by hospital personnel. Additional details, including the patient's identity, are not yet available at this time.

No other injuries to civilians or firefighters have been reported.

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