Fire At Cedar-Riverside


420 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454


Contact:  Mohamud Noor, Executive Director, 612-250-9660

Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota responds to explosion in Minneapolis’s Cedar-Riverside community

CSCM providing immediate support to victims and families; Announces disaster fund to collect and distribute 100% of donations to families to support recovery.

{January 1, 2014 — Minneapolis, MN}  The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota joined city, county, state and community leaders today to help residents and businesses in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood respond to an explosion which occurred early Sunday morning.

“We offer our prayers and support to the injured residents and community members and to their families,” said CSCM Executive Director Mohamud Noor.  “This is a horrible tragedy.  We stand together to help families both in the immediate aftermath and in the days, weeks and months to come.”

“We give our deepest thanks to the emergency responders, police and firefighters who arrived in our community to help immediately.  They worked bravely and diligently to rescue our neighbors in dangerous and bitterly cold conditions.”

“We also thank the medical professionals at Hennepin County Medical Center and University of Minnesota Hospitals-Fairview for the outstanding and skilled emergency care they have provided today.  We are grateful that they have worked with us to ensure clear communication with families and community members as those injured have received care.”

Noor asked for support for families as rescuers search for several residents who have not yet been accounted for.  “We pray that they are found and can resume their lives.  We come together as Somalis, as East Africans and as Minnesotans to pray for them.”

Noor announced that the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota will have a disaster relief fund open on Thursday, January 2 to accept donations.  One hundred percent of donations collected will go to victims and families.  For more information, visit CSCM’s website at


The Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota serves Somali immigrants with resettlement services and integration. CSCM’s primary purpose is to enable individuals and families through special transitional services and connect individuals to resources and assistance on education housing, jobs and training, health services, legal advice, domestic services and immigration assistance.  Founded in 1994, CSCM is a nonprofit charitable organization registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.


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