Mpls firefighters battle 2 house fires on hot, muggy day


Minneapolis firefighters battled two separate house fires Saturday - one in the early morning and one in mid-afternoon. A total of three fire personnel were injured in the incidents.

South Minneapolis fire leaves 7 homeless

A firefighter was injured and seven people are temporarily homeless after a blaze at a home in south Minneapolis Saturday morning.

KSTP reports that the fire on the 3500 block of 3rd Ave, S was reported around 6:30 a.m., with crews arriving to find the front porch "fully involved" in the fire.

Four adults and three children were able to escape unharmed from the home, with the Red Cross called to provide care for them.

One firefighter was injured as Minneapolis Fire Department battled the blaze, with the department saying on Twitter he had been taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

He suffered second-degree burns, but was released later on Saturday morning.

WCCO reports that the fire spread to the houses next door before it was knocked down by crews. According to the fire department, the neighboring building to the right sustained fire and smoke damage, and the one on the left smoke damage.

3-alarm blaze at Colfax Avenue duplex

Firefighters were called to a blaze that broke out in a duplex in the 3200 block of Colfax Avenue South shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, in the midst of the high heat and humidity.

The fire spread throughout the three-story building, WCCO reports. Firefighters worked to keep the blaze from spreading to a nearby home.

Crews worked on the fire in shifts and took frequent breaks because of the hot temperatures, WCCO notes.

Three firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion, and another suffered an electric shock, according to WCCO. They were both treated at the scene and are expected to recover fully. No other injuries were reported.

Investigators are looking into what caused both of the fires.

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