MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – One person is dead and two others are hurt after a Minneapolis apartment fire Thursday afternoon.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says the fire started around 3 p.m. in a building on the 2000 block of Washington Avenue North, in a second-floor apartment above Cliff N Norm’s bar.

Firefighters evacuated a woman, later identified as 58-year-old Rhonda Lee Santos, from the unit where the fire started. She suffered severe burns, and later died at an area hospital.

Two men were also evacuated from the building’s third floor, and paramedics treated them for smoke inhalation on the scene.

It took about an hour for firefighters to knock down the flames, which spread from the second-floor apartment to the third floor and finally to the attic.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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