Probe of McMahon's Pub Fire Complete, Cause Undetermined - KMSP-TV

Probe of McMahon's Pub Fire Complete, Cause Undetermined


Arson investigators have finished their probe of the fire that killed three children and three adults in the apartments above McMahon's Pub in south Minneapolis on April 2. While the cause of the fire is still unknown, investigators have ruled out arson.

The fire started around 6 a.m. n the second floor of the building at 3001 E. Lake Street, which housed six apartment units. McMahon's Irish Pub was on the ground floor.

Investigators combed the remnants of the building, conducted interviews and presented evidence to forensic laboratories for analysis. Despite their thorough investigation, the cause of the fire cannot be determined.

The official cause of the fire is now categorized as undetermined. Because the cause is “undetermined,” this remains an open case, though the active investigation has concluded.

The fire department had i nspected McMahon’s Pub in March and found multiple violations, including locks on an exit door, a fire alarm system that needed checking and a kitchen hood that needed cleaning. But the condition of those upstairs apartments, and whether they had working smoke detectors, is unknown. The units were scheduled for inspection in July for the first time in 15 years.

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