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Minneapolis orders partial demolition of fire-gutted shelter

City of Minneapolis orders the partial demolition of a homeless shelter that caught fire Christmas morning. City of Minneapolis orders the partial demolition of a homeless shelter that caught fire Christmas morning. |  Photo: KSTP

Created: December 27, 2019 10:48 AM

MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis officials have ordered the partial demolition of a downtown homeless shelter heavily damaged by a Christmas Day fire.

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The city used its emergency authority to order demolition of part of the Francis Drake Hotel.

Crews brought the fire under control about midday Thursday, 30 hours after it broke out.

About 120 people -- half of them children -- evacuated from the Drake Wednesday spent the night at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Gov. Tim Walz talked to displaced residents and said homelessness and the issue of housing "become starkly real here."

Firefighters will continue to monitor the building for hot spots.

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