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UPDATE: Body of second victim found in Minneapolis fire

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis Fire Department says the body of another victim has been found in the ruins of an apartment fire, bringing the death toll to two.

The second victim was found around 10 a.m. Friday and the body has been turned over to the medical examiner. The first victim was found Thursday. Authorities have not released the identities of either victim.

The Wednesday morning explosion and fire injured 14 people, some seriously.

The exact cause of the explosion is being investigated, but authorities say they are looking at a possible natural gas leak.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minneapolis Fire Department says one body has been discovered at the site of an apartment fire.

Fire officials say they confirmed a body was found shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday.

No identifying information was released.

The Wednesday morning explosion and fire injured 14 people, some seriously.

Before the discovery of the body, authorities said two additional people were unaccounted for.

The exact cause of the explosion is being investigated, but authorities say they are looking at a possible natural gas leak.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities are looking at a possible natural gas leak as the cause of an explosion and fire at a Minneapolis apartment complex.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said Thursday that authorities are focusing on a possible gas leak because witnesses reported a smell. He says the debris field from the blast also points to a gas explosion.

The Wednesday fire injured 14 people, and Fruetel says two people remain unaccounted for. At least three people are in critical condition.

The blast was reported Wednesday morning at the three-story building that houses a grocery store and apartments near downtown.

Firefighters weren't able to enter the building while fighting the blaze because the roof had partially collapsed. But crews are now removing debris from the site.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Authorities say more than a dozen people were taken to hospitals after a fire engulfed several apartments near downtown Minneapolis.

Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn says 14 people were taken to local hospitals, including six who were considered critically injured. No deaths have been reported.

Emergency responders say some people may have fallen from the building or jumped to escape flames.

Hennepin County Medical Center was treating 10 of the victims, including three people in critical condition. Hospital spokeswoman Christine Hill says all were suffering from burns, broken bones or both.

Penn says victims also were taken to Fairview University hospital, but a spokeswoman there said she couldn't release any information.

The three-story building houses a grocery store on the ground floor and two levels of apartments above it.

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Minneapolis (AP) -- There are no reports of fatalities in a fire that engulfed a three-story building near downtown Minneapolis this morning, but 13 people have been taken to hospitals.

Officials say the injuries range from burns to trauma associated with falls, and six of the injured are in critical condition.

Plumes of thick, gray smoke could be seen rising from the three-story building. Firefighters' efforts are being hampered by sub-zero temperatures.

There were reports of an explosion before the fire broke out.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A three-alarm fire has engulfed several apartment units in Minneapolis, and authorities say at least a dozen people have been hurt.

Robert Ball of Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services says at least 12 people were injured Wednesday. He tells KARE-TV the victims have been rushed to hospitals with injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from falling or jumping from windows.

Television reports show plumes of thick gray smoke rising from the buildings. Firefighters are on scene, but their efforts are being hampered by sub-zero temperatures.

Greg Nelson of the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center says the building contains apartments, a grocery store and a mosque. He tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune the fire was reported about 8:15 a.m. following an explosion.

The cause of the fire isn't immediately known.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minneapolis police say a three-alarm fire has engulfed several apartment units, and multiple injuries have been reported.

Police spokesman John Elder says firefighters responded Wednesday to reports of an explosion and fire. He says he's not sure how many people may have been hurt but he expects to have more information later Wednesday.

It's not clear how many injuries there were, or where any injured people may have been taken. A spokeswoman for the University of Minnesota Medical Center said she couldn't release any information, citing patient privacy.

The fire department did not immediately return a message.

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