Minneapolis Fire, Explosion Leaves 13 Injured

Officials are trying to determine if everyone made it out of a Minneapolis building New Years morning after a explosion and fire left more than a dozen injured.

"Not everybody has been accounted for in this building," said Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel. Firefighters were trying to gain access into the ice-covered building late Wednesday morning.

Flames engulfed half of the two-and three-story, mixed-used building by the time firefighters arrived around 8:20 a.m.. The first floor was used as a grocery store with apartments on the floors above on busy Cedar Avenue.

"Conditions became untenable very quickly," Fruetel said. 

Video from WCCO-TV shows firefighters rescuing at least two people by ladder from the upper floors as flames shoot from the opposite side of the building.

Hennepin EMS Spokesman Robert Ball said 13 people were transported with burns and various degrees of trauma. At least half of the victims were considered to be in critical condition.

The fire reached three alarms and firefighters surrounded the building with hoselines and aerial devices.

A front door and pieces of a door frame were found in a pile of snow across the four lane road from the burning structure.

As fire crews battled the blaze for more than two hours, temperatures hovered just below 0 Fahrenheit. 

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