Fire burns 3 story apartment building in downtown Mpls.; no injuries

Plumes of smoke from a building near the Foshay Tower were visible from St. Paul.
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Flames and smoke poured out of a three story apartment building in downtown Minneapolis Sunday afternoon.

The building was evacuated and it took firefighters a couple of hours to get the blaze under

control.

After first climbing to the roof of the building at 215 9th St., crews retreated as conditions became unsafe and used ladder trucks to douse the fire.

Smoke was visible for miles and the spectacle was seen by many football fans leaving U.S. Bank Stadium after the Vikings game.

At about 4 p.m. the Minneapolis Fire Department said the fire was under control and no one had been injured.

Here's how the episode progressed on Twitter:

This is what the building looked like in a Google Street View photo taken in July:

Aaron Falen told the Star Tribune he lives on the second floor and said there are about 20 units in the building.

"I don't think it's going to last," he told the paper. "They'll have to gut it."

The Fire Department says the cause of the blaze will be investigated.

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