The place was "a firetrap - and you can quote me on that," said Tom Stinchfield, who lived in the building for 17 years and apparently was one of the few tenants with a working smoke detector on the day of the fire. Updated Apr. 25, 2011
An apartment fire that killed six people in Minneapolis revealed serious flaws in the city's inspection practices and prompted major changes in the system. The apartments, which had multiple fire-code violations, were not inspected for at least 16 years.
Passersby watched as firemen poured water on the McMahon Pub and apartment complex at 3001 East Lake Street.
The Lake Street blaze that killed six brings up questions about Minneapolis fire inspection practices.
Tenants say they didn't hear smoke detectors sound an alarm on the morning of the Lake Street blaze that killed six.
Better inspections in Minneapolis might have revealed the hazards in the building where six people died.
Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak listens to Minneapolis Fire Chief Alex Jackson during an afternoon press conference in which it was announced three more bodies had been found, including two children.
Inspectors who check for fire-code violations in Minneapolis report to two different agencies -- the Fire Department and Regulatory Services -- and some say training is inadequate.
An early morning fire destroyed McMahon's Pub, killing one person,.
An early morning fire destroyed McMahon's Pub on east Lake St in Minneapolis, and killed 6 people.
Last month's deadly Lake Street fire was an accident, but investigators couldn't find the cause. Private investigators will take over now.
Minneapolis firefighters would continue to inspect larger apartment buildings and commercial buildings.
Building at 3001 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis' new inspection system is still in a shakedown stage; the first reports are expected to show more inspections.
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