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Three suspicious fires in Duluth overnight

The Duluth Fire Department is investigating fires that occurred overnight at three separate locations in the city. The Duluth Fire Department is investigating fires that occurred overnight at three separate locations in the city. |  Photo: Carl Sauer/WDIO

Updated: April 09, 2020 03:17 AM

The Duluth Fire Department is investigating fires that occurred overnight at three separate locations in the city. Authorities say they believe the fires to be arson. 

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According to a press release, Duluth fire fighters were called to a structure fire at 213 Mesaba Avenue at 12:10 AM. When crews arrived, flames could be seen at the rear of a vacant two story house. Fire crews put out the fire on the first and second floors and in the attic. No one was inside the building.

The Fire Marshal's office says the fire is suspicious, and an investigation continues. Damage to the building is estimated at $25,000.

Firefighters from Headquarters, Lincoln Park and Spirit Valley, with help from the Duluth Police Department, battled the fire.

While firefighters were working to contain the fire on Mesaba Avenue, a fire was reported on the roof of Memorial Park Apartments at 605 North Central Avenue at 12:38 a.m. Officials say the fire had been set on a lower level roof and had burned into the roof structure. Duluth Police officers attacked the fire with dry chemical extinguishers until firefighters could fight the fire with water.

Damage is estimated at $2,500. There were no firefighter injuries and the DFD would like to recognize the excellent work done by the Duluth Police officers at this fire. Firefighters from the first fire scene, Gary, Duluth Heights and the UMD stations responded to the second fire.

Authorities say a third fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. at 11 South 16th Ave East. Firefighters say there was a visible fire in the front of a two story duplex and on the porch roof.  

According to the release, the 4 Quint crew, who had been filling in at Headquarters, was first on scene and was able to put out the fire, as additional firefighters arrived to keep the fire from entering the home.

Authorities say this fire was intentionally set and damage is estimated at $10,000. No one was inside the building at the time of the fire. 

Duluth Police once again assisted firefighters from Headquarters, UMD, Lincoln Park, Woodland and Lakeside stations in the 16th Avenue East fire.

There were no reports of injuries to fire fighters, or police officers in any of the fires. 
 
All three fires are being investigated by the Duluth Fire Marshal's office and any information or questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal at 218-730-4398 or 218-730-4399.

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