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2-year-old boy dies after fire at apartment complex

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A 2-year-old boy has died following a fire at an apartment complex in Brooklyn Center Friday morning.

Fire crews were called to Twin Lake North Apartments, on the 4500 block of 58th Avenue North, at around 11.30 a.m. to find the unit on the second floor engulfed in flames, the Star Tribune reports.

The newspaper notes that Cmdr. Brian Peters, of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, confirmed that the 2-year-old was accompanied to the hospital by his mother, where he was pronounced dead.

WCCO reports that a young man, believed to be the brother of the 2-year-old, jumped out of a second-story window to escape the fire, and told firefighters his brother was still inside.

Peters told the news station that the fire appears to have started in the living room, and that two other apartments were damaged, with all residents currently unable to enter their homes.

KSTP reports three to four families have been displaced.

Fire crews and police were initially unable to enter the complex when they arrived because of the heat and smoke.

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