By Esme Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews are still working to determine the cause of a Tuesday morning two-alarm fire that sent three residents of a South Minneapolis duplex to the hospital.

The fire started at a home on the 2200 block of Garfield Avenue South, not far from Lyndale Avenue, at around 6 a.m. Authorities think there were six people inside the home at the time of the fire.

When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy flames on both the first- and second-story porches. They were forced to evacuate the complex. Crews then attacked the flames from the inside.

In all, about 40 firefighters were on the scene. Some still remained late Tuesday morning to hit various hot spots.

One of the victims, a man, was breaking windows and warning people inside the duplex to get out of the burning building. He suffered cuts and burns.

One of the women inside was transported for precautionary reasons.

Fire crews found another woman inside on the first floor. She was conscious, but also transported to the hospital for observation.

Firefighters believe the fire started on a second floor porch and moved quickly from upstairs to down. Smoke alarms did go off waking some of the residents.

“We grabbed everything we could and ran, ran outside,” said Haley Fleming.

One of Jenny Boushey’s roommates didn’t hear the commotion.

“She was sleeping, completely knocked out. She wouldn’t have woken up in time,” said Boushey, whose roommate was carried to safety by firefighters.

Firefighters were able to recover some items from the duplex including a box with more than $800 in cash that Boushey had from waitressing.

Other residents weren’t so lucky. Fleming was still wearing her pajamas — the only clothes she has left. Fleming is  a musician and the fire destroyed eight of her instruments including a violin and a cello.

“You always think ‘If this ever happens what’s the first thing you would grab?’ But you don’t really think of that when it’s actually happening. We just ran,” she said.

Two dogs are still missing after the fire and it’s not known if they died or ran away.

There’s no word yet on what may have caused the fire.

Comments (14)
  1. J. says:

    Tragic story! I hope those injured will be ok.

    BTW Garfield Ave is in the Whittier neighborhood, not “The Wedge” which is the nickname for the triangularly shaped Lowry Hill East neighborhood.

  2. Mallory Krabbenhoft says:

    No I live on Garfield Ave…This was taking place while I was getting ready for work. I live right next to The Wedge. The location is correct.

  3. A says:

    it’s across the street from the Wedge…

  4. Natalie says:

    The Wedge co-op is named for the neighborhood, but the neighborhood is the triangle shaped bit. Garfield Ave is in the Whittier neighborhood, although I wouldn’t tell that to anyone trying to rent an apartment – the “Wedge” name has more cachet.

  5. HBC says:

    J. is technically correct. The Wedge Co-op is no longer in the Wedge neighborhood. It’s in Whittier.

  6. a neighbor says:

    Doesn’t matter what you call the neighborhood — there were still visible flames when I left for work at 8 am. I can’t imagine anything can be salvaged from the building for its residents.

  7. A says:

    The article says nothing about the Wedge neighborhood, just that it’s by the Wedge. I am a neighbor and that is correct. And the other neighbor is correct, the point is not what neighborhood it’s technically in, that a home was lost and people were injured.

  8. Bob says:

    Curious if the building was owned by slumlord John Klinker?

  9. JM says:

    I really don’t understand people! You are debating the name of the neighborhood! And Bob seriously…get a hobby other then being a jerk! Many people’s lives have been changed in some way here. These people don’t have a place to live, clothes to wear, furniture. This was a very nice house and many hours were put into it to restore it and now it is gone. The owner of the house cares about the people who live there. I just can’t sit here and look at these kinds of comments from people who are making some horrible assumptions.

  10. AH says:

    The article fails to mention one significant casualty–one resident’s dog. Sadly, the tenants on the upper floor are my friends and I’m devastated, hearing of the poor pup’s fate. I believe donations are being collected on behalf of Whole Foods, where one of the residents works–she was the one with the dog. These people lost everything and had also suffered from the floods earlier this summer–2 + cars totaled from flood damage. This has a been a sincerely hellish year for them. Please keep them in your thoughts and inquire at the Whole Foods store in the Lake Calhoun neighborhood to see how you can help.

  11. Jerry says:

    I cannot believe that you announced the exact amount of money that was recovered for that fire victim. I hope if she is burglarized you provide restitution!

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I saw a golden lab this morning in the area that had a color and looked lost. I tried to get near it and see if it had ID, but it just ran howled and then ran aimlessly. Anyone know what the two lost dogs look like?

  13. jay says:

    the dog wasnt a golden lab, i forget the breed but its black and white, smaller and goes by fergi

  14. Nicci says:

    The missing dog was found and is safe at Secondhand Hounds rescue, which is the rescue both girls foster and volunteer for. Their beloved dog, Mia, a beautiful rottie was the one that passed away in the fire. These girls are wonderful people and deserve any help then can get. Please visit if you are interested in helping them.

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