Firefighters battle building fire on East Lake Street

Six people are now confirmed dead in an intense building fire in south Minneapolis. The victims include two adult males, one adult female and three children. Authorities now believe all victims have been located.

The fire destroyed a two-story building at 3001 East Lake Street. Authorities have determined that the fire began on the second floor of the building, which housed six residential apartment units. The first floor of the property is McMahon’s, which is a bar/restaurant.

The first call came in to 911 at 5:58 a.m. on Friday, April 2, with the first firefighters on the scene by 6:03 a.m. That first alarm consisted of three engines, two trucks, two battalion chiefs, one mobile command unit, a salvage unit and an arson investigation unit. When these first firefighters arrived at the scene, dense flames could be seen coming from second-floor windows. By 6:19, the fire had escalated to three alarms, which means five additional engines and a fire deputy were also called to the scene. All told, 16 fire apparatus and around 40 firefighters responded.

The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation. The Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division is leading the investigation, which is standard protocol in fatal fires.

The names of the victims have not been released.

Published Apr 2, 2010