Fire tears through Minneapolis auto shop; 1 person suffers burns


Authorities are investigating a raging fire that destroyed an auto shop and left one person injured in North Minneapolis on Wednesday.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says it happened on 4300 Fremont Avenue N. around 10:40 a.m., which is the address of Fremont Automotive Service.

The fire erupted with an explosion and quickly consumed the business, according to KARE 11. The station quoted firefighters as saying the building was a "total loss" even before they showed up.

According to a tweet from the department, one person was taken to the hospital with "minor burns;" a subsequent tweet says someone was displaced from a home adjacent to the auto shop. That individual is now in the care of the Red Cross.

One major concern firefighters had was the presence of some 220 gallons of fuel inside the shop, FOX 9 says; however, an early afternoon tweet from station reporter Paul Blume indicates the fire was waning.

A video taken by a bystander shows the severity of the fire, and appears to show witnesses startled by what sound like a loud "pop" or small explosion from within the burning building:

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