March 21 - Officials are investigating the cause of an early morning fire in South Minneapolis claimed the life of one person and critically injured another.
A passerby called in the fire at 3500 Harriet Ave. S. at 6 a.m. and Chief 2 arrived to find fire from the front porch of the three-story dwelling.
Engine 8 began attacking the fire on the exterior before repositioning the hoseline to the interior, according to the Extra Alarm Association’s Facebook page. Engine 17 provided a backup hoseline and secured a water supply.
Firefighters Ladder 5 removed two occupants from a second floor window.
“While extinguishing the fire and conducting searches, fire crews discovered a male victim on the second floor,” Assistant Chief Cherie Penn said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
They found a female victim who was transported by Hennepin EMS crews and was listed in critical condition.
“The bulk of the fire was contained to the front porch and first floor,” according to Penn. The fire extended into the second and third floors.
Crews brought the fire under control about 20 minutes after they arrived.
- Assignment: Engines 8, 17 and 22, Ladders 5 and 11, Rescue 1, Mobile Command, Salvage and Chiefs 2 and 1. Hennepin EMS: 3 ambulances, 1 supervisor
Thank you to Charles Brose/@chas_brose for submitting the photos.
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