Minneapolis high-rise fire deemed accidental, but cause not determined

Fire officials say they haven’t been able to determine the cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside area.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says Monday that the investigation into Wednesday’s fire is completed.

Officials found the blaze was accidental and there were a handful of factors that may have contributed to the fire’s start, but they weren’t able to pinpoint an exact cause. Its origin was a bedroom wall in a unit on the 14th floor of the building owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.

The apartment building is 50 years old and was not required to have sprinklers due to its age.

The complex that includes this building was scheduled for a routine inspection by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday. But HUD said that inspection is being rescheduled.


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