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Hibbing Park Hotel Reopens After Fire

Updated: 05/20/2014 10:39 PM
Created: 05/20/2014 9:50 PM WDIO.com

A fire at the Park Hotel in Hibbing damaged two rooms and evacuated over 100 guests Tuesday afternoon according to the hotel's general manager.

Multiple fire departments responded to the hotel and found two rooms filled with smoke and fire between the walls according officials with the Hibbing Fire Department. Authorities said there were no injuries, and the fire was accidentally started by a maintenance crew using a torch on some heating pipes.

The fire started just after 4 p.m. and crews extinguished it in less than an hour according to the Hibbing Fire Department.

General Manager Diane Sandvig said the hotel was reopened shortly after fire crews left the building Tuesday evening. Sandvig said about 20 rooms need to be cleaned due to smoke and water damage, but the hotel is ready for reservations.

“Absolutely, I would like everybody to know that we are open for business as normal. Grandma's in the Park will be open, our functions that are scheduled for tomorrow are still on schedule,” Sandvig said.

The Hibbing Fire Department estimated the fire damage to the hotel at $20,000.

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