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March 17, 2011 (MINNEAPOLIS) A gas main explosion and fire in south Minneapolis prompted evacuations of nearby homes and businesses this morning. The fire has since been put out, and there are no reports of any injuries.
Just after 8:30 a.m. 911 began receiving calls of a gas main explosion on 60th Street E, just east of Nicollet Avenue. Crews from the Minneapolis Fire Department, Minneapolis Police, and a number of other local law enforcement agencies responded to the scene. Fire officials ordered an evacuation of the immediate area, and later expanded that perimeter briefly until the fire was extinguished at around 10:30 a.m.
With the fire out, officials reduced the evacuation area to 59th Street on the north, on the south by 60th Street on the south, Blaisdell Avenue on the west, and 3rd Avenue/Clinton Avenue on the east. This perimeter is simply a precaution, and fire officials have not detected any residual natural gas in the air.
There were no injuries in this incident as the area surrounding the immediate blast site is relatively isolated.