Minneapolis firefighters respond to a fire at a boarded-up apartment building

Firefighters said one person was injured after jumping from the second floor.

MINNEAPOLIS – One person was injured after jumping from a second-story window to escape a fire at a closed apartment building Saturday morning in Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, several people were inside the building at the time of the fire, and at one point one of them jumped from an upper floor window. Officials say the person was medically evaluated by HCMC paramedics and is in “stable” condition.

Deputy Chief Rita Juran said crews are working to find out if anyone else was inside.

“We have unconfirmed reports that there may have been other people in the building. We cannot confirm that at this time. We have called the state fire marshal to assist with the investigation,” Juran said.

“I’m shocked,” Michelle Davis said. Davis lives next door to the building where the fire occurred.

“I looked out the window and I just saw fire coming from the first, second and third floors,” Davis said. “I just hope there’s no one else… You know… the homeless… come to bed at night to get out of the cold.”

Officials said they were called to a boarded-up apartment near the Leaning Tower of Pizza just before 6:15 a.m. for a report of smoke coming from the building. Crews evacuated the building before the fire spread to all four floors, causing the roof and exterior wall to partially collapse into the alleys.

The Minneapolis Fire Department said no other buildings were damaged.

According to the City of Minneapolis website, the property is owned by C David George. The city’s website shows 121 violations for the property dating back to June 7, 2000.

KARE 11 staff emailed C David George and called the phone number listed on a sign at the vacant building and have not heard back.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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