Third death reported from Minneapolis apartment blast

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 04, 2014 9:23 PM

(Reuters) - A third person has died from an explosion and fire at a Minneapolis apartment building on New Year's Day that also left at least 13 others injured, medical examiners said on Saturday.

The latest victim was Abdiqani Adan, 29, who died in a hospital from injuries sustained in the incident, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said in a statement.

Investigators have been looking into a gas leak as a possible cause for the blast and fire that destroyed the three-story building with a ground-floor grocery store and 10 apartments. The building was located in a community of mainly Somali immigrants.

The roof and upper floors of the 1886 building collapsed, leaving unstable ice-caked exterior walls and rubble.

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Demolition of the building was completed on Friday and fire officials believe that everyone who was in the building has been accounted for, the department said in a statement.

The cause of the blast remains undetermined.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Jon Herskovitz and Dan Grebler)