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Pioneer Press Photo by Jean Pieri A stuffed bunny and school backpack are frozen to the floor of the ground-level unit of a duplex in north Minneapolis on Friday. Five people are dead — at least three of them children — and one firefighter is injured after the early-morning fire.

3 children among 5 dead in Minneapolis fire

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MINNEAPOLIS — Paul Cox woke up around 4:45 a.m. Friday when he and his family smelled smoke. They ran outside and saw their upstairs neighbor leaning out a back window of their burning North Minneapolis duplex, screaming. Cox asked the man what was on fire.

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“The heater,” the man said.

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