Arsonist May Have Started Block-Wide N. Minneapolis Fire

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A fire that destroyed a city block of businesses and historic buildings may have been intentionally set.

Thick smoke and flames filled shops and apartments along the 900 block of West Broadway in north Minneapolis last April. It took crews almost an entire day to put out the fire.

Investigators now say an ignitable fluid called terpene was found at the scene.

Analysis by the BCA found the liquid was at the bottom of the stairwell at 913 W. Broadway, where it’s believed the fire started.

Officials hope help from the public will shed light on how the fluid got there.

From 8:40 a.m. on April 15, until 7 a.m. the next day, crews battled fire and smoke on West Broadway Avenue.

“Our firefighters removed 21 victims out of the building that day using ladders or internal rescues,” Minneapolis Fire Chief Jon Fruetal said.

Those who worked and lived on the…

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