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Several injured in Minneapolis apartment building explosion, blaze


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.

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.