Updated: 06/19/2014 4:50 PM
Created: 06/18/2014 10:54 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
The Duluth Fire Department says a wind-fueled two-alarm fire ripped through a garage and damaged five other nearby structures on Grand Avenue Wednesday evening.
Firefighters received the call at 7:00 p.m., and when they arrived on the scene found heavy smoke and flames pouring out of the building.
Assistant Chief Chris Martinson says that the garage, located in the alley behind the home located at 3712 Grand Avenue, was a total loss along with the vehicle parked inside. Flames damaged the siding of three other garages and two homes along the alley.
Multiple power lines were also knocked down, and Minnesota Power crews were called in to restore electricity to the area.
Damage is estimated at $50,000.
Martinson says that because of a strong east wind, the blaze was tough to battle for the 27 firefighters on the scene. He commended the firefighters for an exemplary job keeping the fire out of the nearby homes.
No one was injured.
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