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A Minneapolis Fire Department investigator, left, walks out of an upstairs unit while Paul Cox walks out with a basket of clothes at the scene of an early-morning fatal fire Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 in a duplex at 28th and Colfax Ave. North in Minneapolis. Cox lives in the lower unit with his girlfriend and their five children. Five people died in the fire -- apparently all children -- and one firefighter was injured. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

Five fatalities in Minneapolis blaze Friday morning, apparently all children

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By Joseph Lindberg and Tad Vezner

St. Paul Pioneer Press


MINNEAPOLIS -- Paul Cox woke up around 4:45 a.m. Friday when he and his family smelled smoke. They ran outside and saw their upstairs neighbor leaning out a back window of their burning North Minneapolis duplex, screaming. Cox asked the man what was on fire.

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