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Deadly high-rise fire happened days before scheduled inspection

Five died after a fire at an apartment building in Minneapolis on Wednesday morning. Five died after a fire at an apartment building in Minneapolis on Wednesday morning. |  Photo: KSTP

Created: December 01, 2019 09:13 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The fire that killed five people at a high-rise in Minneapolis happened just months after a city agency noted a need to retrofit its older high-rise apartment buildings with sprinklers.

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The fire also happened days before the building was scheduled to be inspected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. It was not immediately unclear if that routine inspection will go on as planned on Monday.

Officials haven't yet said what caused the fire.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner says 32-year-old Tyler Baron, 59-year-old Jerome Stewart, 67-year-old Nadifa Mohamud, 69-year-old Maryan Mohamed Mohamud and 78-year-old Amatalah Adam died in Wednesday morning's fire in the public housing high-rise.
    
Most of the building did not have a sprinkler system, and the Minneapolis Public Authority says it wasn't required to have sprinklers, due to its age.

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