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Microbrewery, Auto Shop Among Occupants of Building Damaged by Duluth Fire

Updated: 02/26/2014 12:49 PM
Created: 02/26/2014 5:32 AM WDIO.com
By: Logan Gruber, Alan Hoglund

A Duluth firefighter was injured while responding to a blaze at a downtown building that houses an outreach center, auto repair shop and a microbrewery.

Firefighters responded to the 200 block of East Second Street around 4:30 a.m. to investigate a report of smoke, but flames quickly erupted from one of the building's commercial doors, according to the Duluth Fire Department.

Emergency crews called for more help twice, and the department said that in all, eight rigs and about 30 firefighters responded. The department said crews used gas powered saws to breach garage doors and provide access to the fire, and that it took "large volumes of water" to put out the blaze.

Crews also cut a hole in the rear wall of the garage portion of the building to assist in ventilation and fire control.

The building is home to the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Outreach Center, microbrewery Dubrue, and Johnson's Auto Repair. It was formerly occupied by Gold Cross Ambulance. The department said the fire was contained to the auto repair area, but that there is smoke damage throughout the building. 

One firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury.

Damage to the building and contents is estimated to be at least $150,000. The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

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