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Burned-out Cedar Avenue building being destroyed with three still missing

One day after it was destroyed by fire, the building at 516 Cedar Avenue South was covered by ice this morning.
One day after it was destroyed by fire, the building at 516 Cedar Avenue South was covered by ice this morning.

Today, some Minneapolis firefighters face a ghastly task -- demolishing the burned-out building at 516 Cedar Avenue South with victims in all likelihood still inside.

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Family of residents who live in the building report that three people are still missing. Yet a backhoe is already taking down the building, which would be extremely dangerous to enter due to all the fire and water damage.

According to a WCCO report, Assistant Fire Chief Cherie Penn promised that crews will be cautious as they take down the three-story building, which passed a fire inspection in 2012. The cause of the blaze still hasn't been determined.

Here's a photo of the demolition crew in action:

As of now, the official tally is 14 injured, six critically, as a result of the fire.

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