Apartment fire shuts down part of Lyndale Avenue

A three-alarm apartment fire at 2712 Lyndale Ave. S. caused the Minneapolis Fire Department to close the road from 26th Street to 28th Street for much of the day Aug. 16.

Firefighters responded to a report of smoke coming out of a light fixture at the second-story apartment around 2:30 p.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Ulie Seal. The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical problem, Seal said.

The apartment, located above several businesses, was occupied when the fire began, but everyone made it out of the building safely. Firefighters rescued a kitten from the blaze.

Lyndale Avenue South was partially closed during the afternoon because of fire equipment needs and heavy smoke, Seal said.

Firefighters cut the roof off the apartment while fighting the fire, but the building was not destroyed structurally, Seal said. Businesses below the apartment sustained heavy water damage, however.

Hang It, a frame shop located directly below the apartment, must move because of extensive damage, said employee Laura Hoellen. The store's owner is looking for a space in the Uptown area.