Fire breaks out in University of Minnesota parking ramp [PHOTOS]

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-- Updates at bottom --

Smoke was seen billowing out out of the top floor of the patient and visitor parking ramp at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview on the East Bank of campus early this afternoon.

Here's a couple photos of the fire shared by witnesses on Twitter:

And here's a video clip:



The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, as is whether or not it has resulted in any injuries. We'll update this post as we learn more.

:::: UPDATE ::::

University of Minnesota spokesman Steve Henneberry told us the fire involved three vehicles and is now under control. He said no injuries have been reported.

"The ramp is closed to incoming traffic and pedestrians and that's because of smoke levels," Henneberry said. "That means people cannot leave [the ramp] either but [officials] are expecting that to change soon since the fire is under control."

Henneberry said the Minneapolis Fire Department will take the lead in determining the fire's cause, which remains unknown at this point.

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More from a Minnesota Daily reporter: -- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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12 comments
LeAnn Patzner
LeAnn Patzner

Omg! We were parked there almost every day for a year!

Chad Liljegren
Chad Liljegren

Im sure it is a car fire. It happenes everyday in MPLS.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

good thing this didn't happen saturday, sunday or monday, otherwise it wouldn't be news according to this "news blog."

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

Huh. I'm almost positive that the one time I've parked my car on-campus about 2 years ago was in that same parking ramp

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