Authorities identify victims of Minneapolis tower fire

Five people died in the blaze at Cedar Riverside.
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Authorities have identified the five victims of the Wednesday morning fire at a Minneapolis high-rise building.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said the victims all died of "inhalation of products of combustion" following the outbreak of the fire on the 14th floor of 630 Cedar Avenue, in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

The victims are:

  • Amatalah Adam, 79.
  • Tyler Scott Baron, 32.
  • Maryan Mohamud, 69.
  • Nadifa Mohamud, 67.
  • Jerome Stuart, 59.

In a press conference on Wednesday, Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said the fire is believed to have started accidentally, though the investigation continues.

The building itself is 25 stories tall and has 191 units, providing housing mostly for immigrant seniors and people with disabilities, per the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.

The building itself has oversight from the federal HUD, which told KSTP it had last completed an inspection of the building in 2015, when it had a high score of 95.

It was due for its next inspection on Dec. 2.

Three of the victims are Somali-Americans, sparking mourning in the Somali community which has an established presence in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

An emergency fund set up for the victims of the fire has already surpassed $60,000. You can find it here.

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