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Several injured in Minneapolis apartment building explosion, blaze

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MINNEAPOLIS -- An explosion and fire at a Minneapolis apartment building injured about a dozen people, who were rushed to hospitals on Wednesday, local media reported.

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Residents of the building suffered burns and injuries due to falling or jumping out of windows, Robert Ball of Hennepin County Emergency Services told KARE, a local television station.

Clouds of billowing smoke could be seen as firefighters battled the early New Year's morning blaze in below-freezing temperatures.

The explosion and fire, which engulfed several apartments and a grocery store, started about 8 a.m., according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune newspaper.

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