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5 die in Minneapolis duplex fire

MINNEAPOLIS — The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says five people have died in a duplex fire in Minneapolis.

The victims include at least three children who died at the scene of today's early morning fire in the north of the city. No details have been released about the two additional victims.

Other residents were injured and taken to hospitals. Asst. Fire Chief Cherie Penn says in an email that one of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene was being treated at a hospital for a minor injury.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims and survivors.

Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.

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