Arson suspected in apartment fire that left 6 people injured


An apartment complex fire in Minneapolis that left six people injured and many more displaced is believed to have been arson.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal confirmed Friday investigators suspect the fire in the building on the 3200 block of Portland Ave. S. on Tuesday was started deliberately.

Six people including a child were injured escaping the blaze – one of whom sustained critical injuries after jumping from the second floor.

The blaze took about 40 minutes for the 35 firefighters and nine trucks to contain.

The Star Tribune reports the fire is thought to have originated in a first-floor hall, with Assistant Fire Chief Bryan Tyner saying red flags were raised as there "isn't much there to start a fire."

Anyone with information about the fire can call the Minnesota Arson Hotline at 1-800-723-2020. A reward of up to $5,000 could be made available for information leading to a conviction.

The America Red Cross said in an email it helped 14 adults and 11 children find temporary accommodation, and provided emotional support, following the fire at the 12-apartment complex.

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