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1 child dead, another badly hurt after falling from Minneapolis apartment building

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Minneapolis police investigate after two children fell.
Minneapolis police investigate after two children fell from a Pleasant Avenue apartment building on Thursday.
Matt Sepic | MPR News

Updated: 9:15 p.m. | Posted: 3:51 p.m.

A child has died and another is in serious condition at a Minneapolis hospital after they fell from an apartment building Thursday afternoon near the Midtown Greenway, said Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder. Police are investigating.

  The two children are believed to be under the age of 4. 

Police say they got the call the children fell around 2:20 p.m. 

Workers nearby saw them fall, called 911 and then tried to help the kids before emergency medical techs arrived. It's not clear how they fell or how far, Elder told reporters at the scene.

Basim Sabri, who owns the apartment building where the children fell.
Basim Sabri, who owns the apartment building where the children fell, speaks with reporters on Thursday.
Matt Sepic | MPR News

The building, known as Karmel Village, has four stories above ground, with a roof over the fourth level and balconies for some of the apartments. Hennepin County property tax records say it is a 77-unit apartment building.

Investigators are talking to adults who are believed to be guardians of the children. It wasn't clear if the two children are related.

"We have 300 some kids in the building, and they're all like my kids," building owner Basim Sabri said. "It's a tragic day that this actually happened."

The surviving child's injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening, according to a statement from police.