Minneapolis fire officials said a person died early Thursday in a blaze in an condo in the Lowry Hill neighborhood.
Firefighters were summoned about 4:15 a.m. to Groveland Terrace Condos, 48 Groveland Terrace, for a report of a fire in a first-floor unit. While battling the blaze they discovered the victim, whose identity hasn’t been released, Assistant Fire Chief Chérie A. Penn said Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE Groveland Terr: fire in 1st fl apt is out, no ext to other units, searches all clear, no other injuries rptd, HCMC transported 1 vic— Minneapolis Fire (@MinneapolisFire) March 19, 2015
The person was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center and later died, Penn said. An autopsy is still pending.
Residents were hastily evacuated from neighboring units in the three-building condo complex across from the Walker Arts Center, while firefighters worked to knock down the blaze. No other injuries were reported. A neighbor said the fire started in the easternmost apartment in the middle of the three buildings.
Thursday fire fatality was the fourth in the city this year, Penn said in a news release, adding that the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
No further details were immediately available.