Investigators have not been able to determine what caused a Valentine’s Day fire that killed five children in a north Minneapolis duplex. A report by the State Fire Marshal Division says the fire started on the second level, but a cause could not be determined.
A Minneapolis mother who lost nearly everything she owned in a deadly fire on Valentine’s Day is getting back on her feet thanks to the community. The Valentine’s Day blaze destroyed Latonya Garret’s apartment, and killed five children in the apartment above it.
The community came together Saturday to remember the five children who died when their house caught fire on Valentine’s Day. The funeral for 8-year-old Christopher, 6-year-old Mary, 4-year-old Fannie, 3-year-old Troy and 18-month-old Gwendolyn took place at Shiloh Temple in Minneapolis.
The father who lost five of his seven children to a house fire on Valentine’s Day is speaking out. For 12 days, Troy Lewis has been at the side of his two surviving children. Lewis was able to grab 9-year-old Shaca and 5-year-old Electra from the duplex on Colfax Avenue North when it went up in flames.
The father of seven who lost five of his children in a house fire on Valentine’s Day is now surrounded by family. Troy Lewis’ brother Roy and others made it to his bedside late Sunday night. They are now planning funerals for those who died.
A Minneapolis man recovering in a hospital after a fire in his rental home wept as he recounted how the blaze claimed the lives of five of his seven children.
Two children remain in critical condition after a fire killed five of their siblings on Friday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started in the first place. The fire happened at a duplex on 29th Street and Colfax Avenue North in Minneapolis shortly after 5 a.m.
Only months after Troy Lewis’ family lost a wife and mother, a raging house fire in north Minneapolis claimed five more lives. Seven residents living on the main floor made it out alive, including Taleaha Cox. Seconds later, she heard Troy’s screams coming from the second floor. “My little brother’s like, ‘I think the house is on fire.’ And then all I heard was the man upstairs like, ‘Help! Police! Fire, fire, fire! Police!’” Cox said. “He was hanging out the window.”
Five children died after a Friday morning fire in a north Minneapolis duplex, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office. Crews were called to the 2800 block of Colfax Avenue North around 5 a.m.