Minneapolis firefighters put out a fire at 2416 Bryant Ave. S. this afternoon, but not before flames burned up the second and third levels of the old duplex.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd White said no one was hurt and the fire did not spread to nearby homes. The call came in around 12:30 p.m.
The duplex is next door to the home of Meg Tuthill, the Minneapolis City Council member.
Tuthill said she was at City Hall when the fire broke out. When she heard about it, she rushed to the scene, Tuthill said.
The fire did not damage her home, Tuthill said.
“It smells like hell, but I’m just glad the kids are OK,” she said.
Peter Strom and his girlfriend live on the first floor of the home. Strom said he could see sparks flying from the second level and thought someone was throwing cigratte butts from the second level. But when he walked outside, he realized it was fire and he quickly rushed back in and got his girlfriend.
The couple are swing dance instructors. They both have upcoming performances and hope they can retrieve their belongings.
Strom said three tenants live upstairs, and none were home when the fire started.
White said the Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.
Tuthill said the home used to belong to Herb and Bob Mueller. Nearby Mueller Park is named after the brothers, who were local authorities on natural history. Bob had been the editor of Field and Stream magazine.