Five people died and three others have been hospitalized after a fire broke out on the 14th floor of a high-rise apartment building in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis this morning. Emergency crews were called to the scene at Cedar High Apartments around 4:42 a.m.
The Minneapolis Fire Department told local media that the fire appeared to be contained to one unit, but heavy smoke prompted the evacuation of other residents.
The victims who died have been identified as:
- Nadifa Mohamud (67)
- Amatalah Adam (79)
- Maryan Mohamud (69)
- Jerome Stuart (59)
- Tyler Scott Baron (32)
All five died of smoke inhalation. Of the victims who were seriously injured, at least one, Salad Samatar, remains in critical condition at HCMC.
The 50-year-old building, operated by the Minneapolis Public House Authority (MPHA), had partial sprinkler coverage on the main floor and in the lower mechanical equipment rooms. Just a few months before the fatal blaze, the MPHA had cited a need for sprinkler systems in older high-rise buildings.
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