Disaster fund, benefit for Cedar Ave. apartment fire victims - KMSP-TV

HOW TO HELP: Fund, concert for Cedar Ave. apartment fire victims

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota launched a disaster relief fund Thursday for victims of the devastating Cedar Avenue apartment explosion.

Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank, and 100 percent of the donations collected will go to victims and families.

"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."

Minneapolis Fire Chief John Fruetel said the explosion was reported at 8:16 a.m. at 516 Cedar Avenue. The building contained a grocery store, 10 apartment units upstairs and is connected to the Islamic Civic Society of America & Masjid Dar Al-Hijrah mosque on the ground floor. Fourteen people were injured, six with critical injuries and two people were still unaccounted for as of Thursday morning.

HOW TO DONATE

Visit http://www.csc-mn.org for more information or contact the Confederation at (612) 605-3222 or info@csc-mn.org.

420 15th Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

BENEFIT CONCERT SET FOR JAN. 24

In addition to the benefit fund, the Cedar Cultural Center is also working with Augsburg College to host a benefit concert for the fire victims that will take place on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m.

Bands are lining up to play, and more event details should be released in the coming days.

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