Relief fund established for victims of Cedar-Riverside explosion

The Confederation of Somali Community (CSCM) in Minnesota has established a disaster relief fund for the victims of the Cedar-Riverside explosion.

“We offer our prayers and support to the injured residents and community members and to their families,” said CSCM executive director Mohamud Noor. “This is a horrible tragedy. We stand together to help families both in the immediate aftermath and in the days, weeks and months to come.”

For more information about the relief fund and to donate, go to

Earlier this afternoon, Minneapolis Fire Department officials discovered a body in the building at 516 Cedar Ave. S. rocked by the explosion around 8:16 a.m. on Jan. 1. The identity of the deceased individual has not be released. 

A gas leak is being examined as a potential cause of the fire, but it could take weeks to determine a final cause, according to a news release from the Fire Department. At least 14 people were taken to the hospital following the explosion.