Fire cause probed after blaze collapses downtown St. Paul building

Construction was still not complete on hotel/apartment complex

WCCO Radio Newsroom
August 04, 2020 - 10:53 am
St. Paul fire



The St. Paul division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is assisting following Tuesday morning's fire in downtown St. Paul.

Charred debris is all that remains of a building under that was under construction.

Flames were seen shooting several stories into the air after the blaze broke out around 4:20 a.m. near the intersection of 7th Street and Kellogg Boulevard, and area referred to as Five Points. Several small explosions were head inside the inferno before crews brought the flames under control.

The $6.9 million mixed-use development, being built across the street from the Xcel Energy Center, was knowns as the Seven Corner Gateway site. 

The inferno threw charred embers for blocks and melted the metal of a traffic light across 5th Street from the site. Windows in the nearby Dorothy Day Center shelter cracked from the intense heat thrown off by the blaze.

No injures were reported.

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