MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Crews battled two house fires in north Minneapolis Wednesday night.
The Minneapolis Fire Department says the first fire started at about 8 p.m. on the 3600 block of Emerson Avenue North. A neighbor called 911 to report seeing smoke at the residence. This house could not be saved. Firefighters say it doesn’t appear anyone was inside.READ MORE: Walz To Announce 70% Of Minnesotans 65+ Will Receive Vaccine Before Expanding Eligibility
About two miles north, a second fire was reported about an hour later at a two-story duplex 4800 block of Lyndale Avenue North. Investigators say the fire was burning on the second floor, and the roof collapsed. The residence is a total loss. Neighbors say no one was living there. Crews had to shut off water at one point so Xcel Energy could cut power to the building.READ MORE: Walk Like A Penguin: How To Avoid Falling During Refreeze
The cold weather and wind made it difficult for crews at both scenes.MORE NEWS: Operation Safety Net: Minneapolis Leaders Give Update On Chauvin Trial Preps
Both fires are being investigated.