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UPDATE: Unattended candles cause Mpls. condo building fire


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Investigators say unattended candles caused a Minneapolis condo building fire that sent one person to the hospital.

The Minneapolis Fire Department says the candles were in a first-floor condo. The cause of the three-alarm fire in the Uptown neighborhood was ruled accidental.

The eight-unit, three-story building caught fire about 8:10 a.m. Friday and caused traffic problems during rush hour in the busy commercial and residential district.

Minneapolis Fire Marshal Perry Ebner says one person was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation. A hospital spokeswoman says the 70-year-old resident was in satisfactory condition at HCMC.

Ben Garber moved into the building about a month ago. The 32-year-old tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/YTKdnC) the fire happened quickly and he didn't have much time to get out.

The building is being demolished.

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