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How to help: Minneapolis apartment fire victims' fund planned

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A Somali community group plans to create a fund on Thursday for victims of a New Year's Day fire that gutted a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood apartment building in Minneapolis.

The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota plans to establish the fund through Wells Fargo bank, with 100 percent of donations to go to the fire victims. Fourteen were injured as a result of the fire or their escape from it, and several people are unaccounted for.

Injuries vary from burns to broken bones and other trauma. The building, which dates to 1886 and reportedly contained 10 apartments, is considered a total loss.

“We offer our prayers and support to the injured residents and community members and to their families,” CSCM Executive Director Mohamud Noor said in a press release about the fund. “This is a horrible tragedy. We stand together to help families both in the immediate aftermath and in the days, weeks and months to come.”

To donate, you can contact CSCM at 612-605-3222, or visit its website. CSCM says its mission is to serve Somali immigrants with resettlement services and integration.

You can also donate through the Brian Coyle Center. Click here for more info.

The Salvation Army is also collecting online donations for the families.

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