Photos: Minneapolis building explodes; firefighters work in brutal conditions

Disasters ·

1 Fire trucks at the scene of the New Year's Day explosion and fire in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. 
2 Firefighters battled bitter cold and ice as they fought the fire. 
3 Debris across the street from where the building exploded and caught fire on Cedar Avenue. 
4 Kamar Mohamed, left, and Fartun Ahmed, right, watch as firefighters battle the blaze on Cedar Avenue. 
5 Surrounded by snow and ice, two Minneapolis firefighters train a hose on the building that exploded and caught fire. 
6 High up a ladder, two Minneapolis firefighters battle the blaze. 
7 Minneapolis fire chief John Fruetel talked about the fire. He was joined by Minneapolis mayor elect Betsy Hodges, at left, mayor R.T. Rybak, right. 
8 Minneapolis firefighters at the scene. 
9 Firefighters were still pouring water on the burned-out shell of the building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood about eight hours after an explosion ripped through the building and touched off a three-alarm fire.