Five people were killed early Wednesday when a public housing high-rise caught fire in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune reports. The fire chief says it appears the had been burning for some time before it was discovered.
It has smoke alarms but no sprinklers except for "partial sprinkler coverage" on the main floor and lower mechanical equipment rooms, said Hill. Smoke was reported on the 15th, 16th, and 17th floors shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the names of the deceased have not yet been announced, Tyner said. A firefighter was being treated for a minor injury.
"A very tragic night at the beginning of a holiday weekend", Fruetel said.
Horwich said the 1960s-era building has "no history in terms of safety issues to speak of, that I know".
A fire at a Minneapolis apartment building on, November 27, 2019. The man is identified as 59-year-old Jerome Stuart. When residents gathered after the fire for a meeting, organizers arranged Somali, Korean, Spanish and Oromo interpreters.
"It's rare (for) the Housing Authority to have an apartment fire that spreads beyond a single apartment", he said.
The People's Center Clinics and Services started a fund to help those impacted by the fire and provide the victims with food, clothing, shelter, medical care and more.
City officials said public housing inspections are handled by federal agencies, and that the city inspected the building only to respond to specific complaints. According to the most recent data posted on HUD's website, the building received a physical inspection score of 95 out of 100 in February of 2015. "Crews did an outstanding job, remembering this is a 24-story building".