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Part of Drake Hotel to be demolished after Christmas Day fire

The fire displaced more than 200 residents on Christmas morning.
Drake Hotel fire

Part of the Francis Drake Hotel in Minneapolis has been ordered to be demolished after a Christmas Day fire displaced more than 200 people. 

The blaze, which broke out during the early morning hours Dec. 25, is still being battled by firefighters who continue to suppress the fire more than 24 hours since it began. 

"Crews remain on scene at the Drake Hotel Fire," Minneapolis Fire announced around 10 a.m. Thursday. "Crews have battled the fire throughout the night making significant progress. Crews are now working with a single master stream to extinguish the remaining fire with the goal of wrapping up suppression activities this afternoon."

The City of Minneapolis on Thursday determined that the eastern side of the hotel needs to be demolished. According to the Star Tribune, the building, which is shaped like a U, had the eastern side's roof collapse, with the third floor collapsing on the second floor. Water and debris have made the entire side unstable. 

The middle and western sections of the building may be saved, and that decision will be made by the property owner. 

The Minneapolis Foundation continues to accept donations for the hundreds of residents affected by the blaze. Donations can also be made by texting DRAKEFIRE to 243725.

The Minnesota Red Cross has been assisting displaced residents with relocation efforts. 

The Drake Hotel serves as an overflow shelter for the homeless. 

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