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Associated Press, Published September 18 2013

Cause of Minneapolis explosion, fire undetermined

MINNEAPOLIS — Investigators say they cannot determine what caused an explosion and fire that damaged a building housing four apartments in south Minneapolis.

According to the Minneapolis Arson Unit, the fire originated in the living room of a first-floor unit. But fire officials say the cause is considered to be undetermined.

Authorities say nobody was home when the explosion occurred Tuesday afternoon. But, a dog was killed in the blast.

One tenant, Rob Ayott, tells KSTP-TV (http://bit.ly/18aLOGR ) he lost everything he owns in the fire, including his artwork, violin and collection of action figures.

CenterPoint Energy worked with fire investigators on a possible cause.

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Information from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com

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