3 hurt in apartment fire that displaced 200 in Minneapolis

December 25, 2019 GMT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis firefighters are trying to put out a blaze at an apartment building downtown that displaced more than 200 people and injured three others Wednesday morning.

The fire department says crews responded to the fire around 3 a.m. and began evacuations. The severity of the injuries is unknown. The Star Tribune reports several other people were treated at the scene.

The Francis Drake Hotel apartment building mostly serves as temporary housing for homeless people.

The hotel was built in 1926 as a luxury hotel with 146 rooms. Hennepin County converted it to temporary housing for when there’s no room at other homeless shelters.

The cause of the fire has not been determined. Fire officials say it was concentrated on the second and third floors of the third-story building.