MFD investigating possible gas spill in sewer line, fire in U of M frat house; area evacuated

Authorities are asking residents to evacuate residences along University Avenue near the University of Minnesota campus due to a fire and possible natural gas leak Thursday afternoon.

The U of M issued public safety alerts just after 3 p.m. saying Minneapolis firefighters were responding to reports of an explosion and fire near 17th Avenue Southeast and University Avenue.

Additionally, all buildings between 15th and 19th on University Avenue are being evacuated.

Authorities are asking the public to avoid the area.

U of M Public Safety also reported possible natural gas leaks in the area. However, it’s still unclear where the gas leaks and fire were reported.