Minneapolis investigators say Drake Hotel fire remains undetermined

Published 2:02 pm Thursday, January 2, 2020

By Peter Cox

MPR News/90.1

Authorities say the cause of a Christmas Day fire at the Drake Hotel in Minneapolis that displaced around 250 people remains undetermined after an investigation.

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Minneapolis fire investigators said Thursday that while they found the fire started in unit 244, a specific cause could not be identified.

The investigation remains open and the cause of the fire could be changed at a later date if more information becomes available, the fire department added.

The fire broke out at 3 a.m. on Christmas day. The residents of the building were forced out because of the fire damage and many have been living in churches and a hotel, but no long-term housing solution has been identified.