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Massive fire at Francis Drake Hotel apartments in downtown Minneapolis

The building primarily serves as an overflow shelter for the homeless.

A massive fire broke out early on Christmas Day morning at a downtown Minneapolis.

The fire broke out at around 3 a.m., eventually prompting the evacuation of the building at 416 S. 10th St. 

So far, there have been three injuries to residents of the building, which is primarily used as an overflow shelter for the city's homeless.

With the fire having extended to the attic and then through the roof, firefighters had to evacuate the building and continue to battle the blaze from outside.

Within two hours it was a four alarm fire. As of 8 a.m. the fire had not been extinguished, with more information expected to be released by the fire department.

The 146-room Francis Drake Hotel opened as a luxury hotel in 1926, but in recent years Hennepin County has been using it to provide temporary accommodation for the homeless, including after the tornado that broke out in North Minneapolis in 2011.

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