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03/22/2017

A MINNESOTA STATE FIRE MARSHALL WAS IN FAIRMONT WEDNESDAY TO INVESTIGATE A FIRE THAT WAS REPORTED JUST AFTER 4:30 IN THE MORNING. FAIRMONT FIREFIGHTERS ALONG WITH FAIRMONT POLICE AND OTHER EMERGENCY PERSONNEL AND MUTUAL AID WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCENE OF AN ANTIQUE STORE/APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE AT 218 SOUTH GRANT STREET,1/2 BLOCK SOUTH OF BLUE EARTH AVENUE IN FAIRMONT.

A PRELIMINARY DAMAGE ESTIMATE BY FAIRMONT FIRE CHIEF BRANDON SCOTT WOULD APPEAR TO BE IN THE 200,000 TO 250,000 DOLLAR RANGE FOR THE BUILDING. A POSSIBLE CAUSE BEING SUSPECTED IS THE COMBUSTION OF SOME USED STAIN RAGS AS SOMEONE WAS IN THE PROCESS OF STAINING FLOORS ACCORDING TO CHIEF SCOTT.

FAIRMONT POLICE AS THEY ARRIVED OBSERVED SMOKE AND FLAMES IN THE SOUTHEAST AREA OF THE SECOND FLOOR OF THE BUILDING. OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO EVACUATE RESIDENTS AND HAD DIFFICULTY DUE TO HEAVY SMOKE IN THE HALLWAY. FAIRMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED SHORTLY AFTER AND THE REMAINING RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED FROM THE APARTMENT BUILDING. TWO RESIDENTS WERE TRANSPORTED TO MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM FOR TREATMENT OF SMOKE INHALATION AND ONE POLICE OFFICER WAS LATER TAKEN IN FOR SMOKE INHALATION. THERE WERE NINE OCCUPIED APARTMENT UNITS THAT WERE EVACUATED.

THE FAIRMONT FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS ASSISTED BY WELCOME FIRE DEPARTMENT,GOLD CROSS AMBULANCE,SHERBURN AMBULANCE,TRUMAN AMBULANCE, AMERICAN RED CROSS AND FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT.


ROD HALVORSEN
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