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MINNEAPOLIS — An early morning fire killed five people in a highrise apartment just east of downtown Friday, Nov. 27.

Four people killed were found on the 14th floor of the structure at 630 Cedar Ave. S., a half-mile south of the I-35 bridge over the Mississippi River, and were pronounced dead at the scene. A fifth victim was found in a stairway and died at an area hospital, the Minneapolis Fire Department said in a news release.

Three others were injured and transported to a hospital. One firefighter suffered a minor injury and was transported for treatment.

The fire was reported about 4 a.m.

The response was upgraded to a second alarm and later a third alarm to help with medical assistance and evacuations, the fire department said.

According to a fire department tweet, crews reported smoke and fire on the 14th floor and smoke on the 15th through 17th floors. The fire appeared to be in a room but spread across the 14th floor.

Fire crews were able to put out the fire in 30 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.