2 injured in house fire in north Minneapolis

Two people were injured in house fire in north Minneapolis Thursday afternoon, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

Fire crews responded to a two-story home in the 3300 block of Emerson Avenue North around 2:30 p.m. Two males were taken to a nearby hospital in serious condition. They suffered multiple burns and smoke inhalation. The age of the victims was not immediately available.

Officials increased the response to a second-alarm fire due to the extreme heat in order to receive additional staffing and equipment. As a precaution, a Metro Transit bus was requested for a potential rehab location for firefighters and others.

By about 3 p.m., the majority of the fire was put out.

The house is uninhabitable due to the fire and water damage. The Red Cross is assisting.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.