13 Injured in Minneapolis Building Blaze

Firefighters hampered by icy conditions

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McKenna Ewen / Star Tribune / AP

Firefighters work the scene where a fire engulfed several apartment units in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, in Minneapolis, Jan. 1, 2014.

A building explosion and ensuing fire in Minneapolis sent 13 people to the hospital Wednesday morning, some with critical injuries.

The building is a community center containing apartments, a grocery stores and a mosque, according to a woman who owns a convenience store nearby, Minneapolis’ KSTP reports. A witness says he heard an explosion and saw the fire shortly thereafter. Firefighters are reportedly having difficulty fighting the blaze due to the ice-covered streets.

Minneapolis apartment explosion

McKenna Ewen / Star Tribune / AP

Firefighters work the scene where a fire engulfed several apartment units in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, in Minneapolis, Jan. 1, 2014.

[KSTP]

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