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UPDATE: Detroit Lakes apartment, business fire deemed accidental

Blaze reported Friday afternoon at 2:55
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 4:26 PM CDT
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DETROIT LAKES, M.N. (Valley News Live) - A Friday afternoon blaze in Lakes Country has been deemed accidental and unintentional according to the Detroit Lakes Fire Department.

Crews were dispatched to the Washington Square Mall on Sept. 10 just before 3 p.m.

Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Ryan Swanson says the fire started outside an apartment unit above Mattson’s Barbershop and grew from there. Swanson says the dry conditions and vinyl siding of the building only exacerbated the fire.

Two apartment units upstairs as well as two businesses on the bottom level were directly impacted by the flames, and Swanson says those living or working in the four units will be displaced until further notice as the roof is not salvageable. Swanson says the neighboring apartments and business units sustained smoke and water damage.

Swanson says the department was ‘very lucky’ they were able to contain the fire as well as they did before it impacted the many surrounding businesses in Washington Square Mall.

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