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3 children killed, 6 people hurt in Minneapolis duplex fire

Feb. 14, 2014: Minneapolis firefighters respond to a fire at a duplex in Minneapolis. Fire officials say three children have died and five other people have been injured in the fire. More than 40 firefighters responded to the fire about 5 a.m. Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims. (AP/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

Fire officials say three children died and six other residents were injured in a duplex fire in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel says the children died at the scene in north Minneapolis Friday morning. Fruetel says five residents were taken to a hospital.

Asst. Fire Chief Cherie Penn says in an email that one of the more than 40 firefighters who responded to the scene is being treated at a hospital for a minor injury.

Fruetel says firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second and third floor of the duplex as they searched the building for victims and survivors. Firefighters rescued and provided medical care for several people at the scene.

Fire officials say 15 people lived in the duplex.