Fire Damages Several Minneapolis Businesses

A fire well after dark inflicted devastating damage to several retail businesses near a north Minneapolis intersection, reports Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The fire broke out in the basement of one building near Lowry and Fremont Avenues N. shortly before 10 p.m., according to Fire Department officials.

From there, the flames moved to neighboring buildings, keeping firefighters on the outside trying to extinguish the fire inside, said Assistant Fire Chief Charles Brynteson.

“Several [buildings] suffered severe damage, including partial wall collapses on both the Lowry and Fremont Avenue sides, along with roof and floor collapses throughout,” Brynteson said in a statement. “At least three of the affected buildings will be a total loss.”

No one was in any of the buildings at the time, the assistant chief said, and no firefighters were hurt. What led to the fire starting remains under investigation.

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