Fire quickly spreads to neighboring home, leaving 1 person dead

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A person was found dead following a fire at a Minneapolis home early Sunday morning.

For about 3 hours, the Minneapolis Fire Department battled a fire at a home on the 3400 block of Chicago Avenue, fire officials said on Twitter.

When firefighters arrived to the scene, the fire quickly spread to a garage and a neighboring home.

Fire Battalion Chief Micheal Carswell told WCCO the wind caused the fire to spread quickly.

Initial searches of the homes turned up nothing, but another search found one person dead as a result of the fire. The State Fire Marshal is investigating.

"We did our primary searches and it was all clear. We did secondary searches, all clear. We still had a report of one person missing, so we went through the building again and then we ended up finding an individual,” Carswell told WCCO.

The fire caused the rear porch of the home to collapse. A second alarm was called when the fire spread to the second home.

The Red Cross is helping out the families affected by the fire. No other injuries were reported.

This is the third fatal fire in Minneapolis in the first 39 days of 2015.

In 2013 (the last year with statistics available) there were just three fatal fires in the state in the first 39 days of the year, according to Department of Public Safety statistics.

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