MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fire crews made quick work Tuesday morning of a massive fire that was raging in Minnesota’s capital city.
The fire started around 4 a.m. at an under-construction building near the intersection of West 7th Street and Kellogg Boulevard, across from the Xcel Energy Center.
Before daybreak, the fire raged, with flames shooting into the sky, leaving a plume of dark smoke that could be seen from weather radar. Debris and bits of charred building material covered the ground near the construction site. At one point, the heat was so intense in melted nearby traffic lights.
“You could literally feel the heat emitting from the building,” said Greg Chambers, a witness. “It was devastating.”
The St. Paul Fire Department says crews began battling the fire around 4:20 a.m., spraying down the blaze from above. By 6 a.m., the fire appeared to be all but out, with only smoking hot spots remaining.
According to The Star Tribune, the building under construction was the “Gateway,” a $69 million apartment/hotel project. It was being built by Doran Companies.
So far, it’s unclear how the fire started. No injuries have been reported. The fire is under investigation.