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Explosion, fire injure more than a dozen in Minneapolis

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (MyFoxTwinCities) -- Minneapolis fire officials confirmed 13 people were injured, including 6 with critical injuries, in a building explosion and fire Wednesday morning on Cedar Avenue. Some victims remain unaccounted for.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said the explosion was reported at 8:16 a.m. at 516 Cedar Avenue – a building that includes a grocery store and a mosque on the ground floor and several apartments upstairs. Fruetel said "it is way too early" to determine the cause of the explosion.

When firefighters arrived, flames were shooting 20 feet into the air from the second and third floors of the building. After 15 minutes inside, firefighters were evacuated for safety concerns.

To escape the fire, some people jumped from second and third-floor apartments.

The fire chief said 9 of the building's 10 apartment units were occupied. A family assistance center will be setup at the Brian Coyle Community Center, with Mayor R.T. Rybak, Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges and Councilman Abdi Warsame available to family and neighbors.

"What we need out of people right now is their hopes and prayers," Rybak said.

Hennepin County Medical Center said it received 10 adult victims from the fire, with 3 in critical condition and 7 in satisfactory condition.

Minneapolis police confirmed officers were at the same address earlier Wednesday morning, but said it was a separate service call that was unrelated to the explosion.

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