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Minneapolis police are investigating possible links between a homicide and a fire in the same house

An argument turned deadly Friday night in the Midtown-Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, and police are investigating to see if it was linked to a fire at the same home hours later.

sergeant. Garrett Parten, a Minneapolis police spokesman, said officers responded to a reported shooting in the 2700 block of 15th Ave S. They found a man fatally shot inside a house of this block.

Homicide investigators were investigating the shooting, but as of Saturday no arrests had been made. Initial reports indicate that an argument between the victim and “a man known to him” escalated into gunfire.

Early Saturday morning, Minneapolis firefighters responded to a fire at the same home. Firefighters tweeted about the blaze at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, saying the fire spread from the first floor to the roof. All residents reportedly left the house and firefighters extinguished most of the flames within an hour.

Authorities said they don’t know if the shooting and fire were related, but Parten said investigators are considering the possibility.

The man’s death marks the 72nd homicide investigation this year by Minneapolis police. His name and cause of death will be released later by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

Anyone with information about the incidents is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The GO number is 22-257792, and tips can be submitted online at www.CrimeStoppersMN.org. All tips are anonymous and people who give information leading to an arrest and conviction could be eligible for a financial reward.

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