Third person dies from Minneapolis apartment explosion


The death toll from the New Year's Day fire at a Minneapolis apartment has risen to three.

The Star Tribune reports 29-year-old Abdigani Adan of Minneapolis died Friday afternoon at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the medical examiner's office.

The Associated Press reports that Adan did not live at the apartment building.

Earlier Friday, a second body was found in the building's rubble. The Star Tribune reports a Minneapolis Fire Department spokesman confirmed the body was that of the second and final unaccounted for person after the blast.

Friends and family said the body was that of Mrimri Farah, who was about 60, although there has not been an official identification of that second body.

The Hennepin County medical examiner identified the body that was discovered on Thursday as that of 57-year-old Ahmed Farah Ali. Farah was Ali's roommate.

The cause of the blast that injured 13 others remains under investigation.

According to a report from FOX 9, investigators say it could take several weeks before the investigation is completed, but investigators are considering natural gas as a possible cause.

"People who had left the building had made an indication that they may have smelled some natural gas," said Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel.

According to FOX 9, CenterPoint Energy maintains there were no reports gas leaks in the area. Representatives also said there was no evidence of natural gas in the ground and there were no leaks in the lines nearby.

CenterPoint spokeswoman Becca Virden said in a statement, "It is too early to speculate and this incident remains under investigation. We are thoroughly cooperating with the fire department's investigation and working collaboratively to determine what happened."

Check back for more updates on this story.

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