1 person killed, firefighter injured in early morning house fire


One person was found dead following a house fire in Minneapolis early Sunday morning.

The fire broke out on the 2900 block of 40th Avenue South, the Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted before 5 a.m.

During a search of the two-story home, firefighters found one person in a room on the second floor – the same room where the fire is believed to have started, a tweet says.

The fire department said there was "heavy fire" on the second floor, noting the fire burned through the roof, which partially collapsed.


By 5:30 a.m., the fire department said the blaze was under control, noting no one else was found inside the home during a secondary search.

The victim hasn't been identified and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A firefighter was also injured, officials tweeted. He fell in slippery conditions and was hurt, but his injuries aren't believed to be serious, the Star Tribune reports.

In 2015, there were more than 51 fire fatalities in Minnesota – the highest number since 2011, according to the State Fire Marshal's website. The winter months are typically the most deadly for house fires, officials say.

This is believed to be the first fire fatality in Minneapolis this year, officials told the Star Tribune. There have been four fire fatalities in Minnesota this year, Jen Longaecker, with the State Fire Marshal's Office, told BringMeTheNews.


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