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Fire engulfs US apartments after report of explosion; at least 13 taken to hospitals

Firefighters work the scene where a fire engulfed several apartment units in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood, in Minneapolis, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Authorities say at least 13 people have been hurt. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, McKenna Ewen)
January 01, 2014 - 9:11 AM

MINNEAPOLIS - A fire has engulfed several apartments in Minneapolis, and authorities say at least 13 people have been hurt.

Robert Ball of Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services says the victims have been taken to hospitals Wednesday morning with injuries ranging from burns to trauma associated with falling or jumping from windows.

Ball says there have been no reports of deaths. He says it's unclear whether everyone has been evacuated because it's still too dangerous for firefighters to check the three-story building.

Ball says there were reports of an explosion before the fire started.

Firefighters' efforts are being slowed by temperatures below freezing.

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