Firefighters responded to a devastating fire that killed five people early Wednesday morning in Minneapolis.
At around 4:30 a.m. local time, area rescue crews arrived to a high-rise apartment building where flames raged on the 14th floor, the Minneapolis Fire Department said via Twitter.
Four people died in various units on the 14th floor during the fire and one other person died after being found in the hallway and taken to the hospital, Bryan Tyner, the department’s assistant chief of administration, told PEOPLE. Four more people were injured, including a firefighter, and taken to a hospital, Tyner said.
“A very tragic night at the beginning of a holiday weekend,” City Fire Chief John Fruetel said at a press conference, according to the Associated Press.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the names of the deceased have not yet been announced, Tyner said.
Local newspaper Star Tribune reported that the 191-unit building is for low-income residents and is operated by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority.
By the time first responders made it to the scene, the fire had a “pretty good head start,” Fruetel said at the press conference, according to the AP.
“It had been burning for a while,” Fruetel said.
A spokesperson for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority told NBC affiliate KARE that the 14th floor was closed off, but other building residents could return home within the day.
Fire is Under Control. Fire spread was throughout the 14th floor contrary to earlier reports.— Minneapolis Fire (@MinneapolisFire) November 27, 2019
Crews picking up a resident on the 13th floor via elevator who is unable to evacuate via the stairs. Resident on the 21st floor is refusing to evacuate. Crews going to check if safe to shelter in place.— Minneapolis Fire (@MinneapolisFire) November 27, 2019
Per the fire department’s tweets, crews had to rescue a resident on the 13th floor via the elevator since they couldn’t use the stairway, and a 21st-floor resident initially refused to evacuate, prompting first responders to “check if safe to shelter in place.”