Burned-out Cedar Avenue building being destroyed with three still missing

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One day after it was destroyed by fire, the building at 516 Cedar Avenue South was covered by ice this morning.
Today, some Minneapolis firefighters face a ghastly task -- demolishing the burned-out building at 516 Cedar Avenue South with victims in all likelihood still inside.

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Family of residents who live in the building report that three people are still missing. Yet a backhoe is already taking down the building, which would be extremely dangerous to enter due to all the fire and water damage.

According to a WCCO report, Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn promised that crews will be cautious as they take down the three-story building, which passed a fire inspection in 2012. The cause of the blaze still hasn't been determined.

Here's a photo of the demolition crew in action: As of now, the official tally is 14 injured, six critically, as a result of the fire.

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Denise Casamento Musser
Denise Casamento Musser

Wonder if there were propane tanks inside? There were more than a dozen stolen from the hardware store on Franklin a couple of weeks ago...

Bindibop
Bindibop

1975-ish: Earth Shoes.

1989-ish: Evenstar Bookstore.

Terri DeGroot Jarosch
Terri DeGroot Jarosch

Apparently the building is being demolished because it is dangerously unstable - I suppose you think it would be better if it came down on the recovery team also ? My husband owned rental property in which he had installed smoke detectors and CO detectors . His property was inspected every year and every year he had to buy and install new CO and smoke detectors because his tenants ALWAYS dismantled them . I thought my husband should have billed the tenants for the yearly replacement of these devices but he didn't want the hassle . I lived in a very nice apt building with hard-wired smoke detectors . The man across the hall from me lit some candles and fell asleep . Apparently his cats knocked the candles over and started a fire . The man and his cats died , the guys apartment and the two below him were gutted and there was extensive water and smoke damage to the building that took months to repair . The point is the owner isn't always the bad guy ...

Terri Garcia
Terri Garcia

who owns the building? who signed off on the inspection? and whats the rush, shouldn't the bodies be found first? I would be outraged if that was one of my family members..

Kirk Burback
Kirk Burback

The refugees are once again out of a home.

jodster36
jodster36

@BeccaJLower responsible FD would b 2 hire structural engineer 2 evaluate damage, develop selective demo plan then "reconstruct" @Stranahan

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