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Black smoke is seen rising from the top of the Ameriprise building Tuesday afternoon, Apr. 22, 2014.

Mikael Vejdemo-Johansson, Special to the Star Tribune

The Ameriprise Financial Center building in downtown Minneapolis.

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Smoke but no fire at downtown Minneapolis office tower

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW
  • Star Tribune
  • April 22, 2014 - 9:09 PM

A thick plume of smoke seen rising from a downtown Minneapolis high-rise Tuesday afternoon resulted from a maintenance crew changing fuel on the rooftop and not from a fire, a Minneapolis Fire Department spokesman said.

Crew were called to the 30-story Ameriprise Building at 707 2nd Av. S. a little before 1 p.m. and found smoke coming from a rooftop mechanical appliance, said Assistant Fire Chief Charles Brynteson.

There were no injuries, and workers in the building were not evacuated, he said.

“It was never a threat,” an Ameriprise spokeswoman said. “[All of our employees] are safe and it’s business as usual.”

Tim Harlow

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