At least 13 people were injured Wednesday morning after an explosion engulfed a Minnesote grocer and mosque.
Police are investigating the cause of the explosion.

The UPI reported:

At least 13 people were hospitalized Wednesday when an explosion and fire engulfed a building in Minneapolis, officials said.
Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said six of the 13 people taken to area hospitals were in critical condition, KSTP-TV, St. Paul, reported.

No cause had been determined, but Greg Nelson, supervisor of the Minneapolis Emergency Communications Center, told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis the building likely would be a total loss.

KSTP said it was told the building was a community center that housed a grocery store and a mosque. WCCO-TV, Minneapolis, said the building had apartments. Fire and rescue crews were battling a three-alarm fire at West Bank Grocery and Pharmacy, near the University of Minnesota campus.

At least two media outlets said people climbed or jumped out of windows to escape the fire. Unconfirmed reports indicated second and third floors of the building had collapsed, KARE-TV, Minneapolis, reported.

The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate the suspicious fire.

 

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