Fire Destroys 3 Businesses in Mpls. Building

Posted at: 08/01/2013 1:15 AM
Updated at: 08/01/2013 5:51 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

Firefighters continued to battle flames Thursday morning at a commercial building on the 2800 block of University Avenue Southeast in Minneapolis.

The two-alarm fire started around 11:42 p.m. Wednesday at the building, which houses an auto body shop, a deli and a day care, according to the Minneapolis Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke and flames shooting out of the building. Firefighters made entry into the building but evacuated because of the high heat conditions, no visibility and the volume of the fire, according to the department.

The fire also ate away at lines holding up a radio tower. The tower eventually collapsed onto the building. Firefighters fought the blaze from the exterior.

Neighbors were evacuated for some time because of the large flames and fear that the tower could collapse on their houses. The building is near the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium.

No one has been injured. Firefighters are still investigating a cause.