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Fire breaks out at new hotel in downtown Minneapolis

Fortunately it was a small one and was knocked down quickly.

A fire at a new hotel in downtown Minneapolis prompted a brief evacuation on Thursday morning.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says it was called to the Canopy Hotel on the 700 block of 3rd Street South after a small fire was reported between the 1st floor and the basement.

The fire and smoke was found in void space between the floors, with firefighters commencing evacuations as it tackled the blaze.

Fortunately it had been extinguished within 10 minutes of arrival, with crews opening up the ceiling in the basement to check it hadn't spread any further.

The basement and the first three floors of the hotel were checked and cleared, while damaged property was then recovered from the basement.

By 9 a.m. the scene was cleared, with no victims and injuries reported. The cause is now under investigation.

The Canopy by Hilton opened its doors in the Minneapolis Mill District in February, with the 183-room hotel and Umbra restaurant taking up residence in a refurbished century-old building.

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