Two children remain in critical condition after a fire killed five of their siblings on Friday morning, and investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started in the first place.
The fire happened at a duplex on 29th Street and Colfax Avenue North in Minneapolis shortly after 5 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke on the second and third floors but that quickly changed to fire.
Three children died at the scene while several other victims were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, including the children’s father, Troy Lewis.
“I kept hearing them holler. And then it got quiet, and I couldn’t reach them,” he said. “All I can say is that they were beautiful children. Should have never moved into that house.”
Lewis was in satisfactory condition at HCMC Friday night, suffering from smoke inhalation. Two of the children he pulled to safety were Shaca, 9, and Electra, 6; both were in critical condition Friday night.
The owner of the property, Paul Bertelson, said Lewis and his family were good tenants, adding that the upper unit included two bedrooms on the second floor, and three on the third floor.