Minneapolis fire kills 3 children, injures 6 residents

Firefighters worked the scene where a fire broke out early Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Minneapolis.  Fire officials say three children have died and six other people have been injured in the fire.   More than 40 firefighters responded to the fire about 5 a.m. 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. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune/Elizabeth Flores)
Firefighters worked the scene where a fire broke out early Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in Minneapolis. Fire officials say three children have died and six other people have been injured in the fire. More than 40 firefighters responded to the fire about 5 a.m. 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. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune/Elizabeth Flores)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Fire officials say three children died and six other residents were injured in a duplex fire in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says the children died at the scene in north Minneapolis Friday morning. Fruetel says five residents were taken to hospitals.

Asst. Fire Chief Cherie Penn says via email that one of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene is being treated at a hospital for a minor injury.

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. Firefighters rescued and provided medical care for several people at the scene.

The blaze was extinguished in about 2.5 hours.

Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.

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