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Fergus Falls Fire Destroys Businesses, Apartments

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Courtesy Of: Amanda Mandelke Courtesy Of: Amanda Mandelke

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Firefighters are still on scene of this burnt building making sure the structure doesn't collapse.

"It was so overwhelming," says Judy Friedrich, who lost a business in the fire.

For Judy Friedrich, owner of Curl up and Dye,

"It was intense," says Friedrich.

She's left trying to decide what to do next after the salon she's owned for 20 years is destroyed.

"It looks like I wont be coming back," says Friedrich.

For Dave Anderson, he took this video as he watched his business, Lake Country Graphics, burn.

"I was a firefighter for 10 years. I know what is in there. It will be destroyed," says Anderson.

Dianne Brekke wasn't home at the time.

"My brother called me," says Brekke.

She arrived to her apartment this morning.

"He said pretty much everything was gone and here I am with nothing," says Brekke.

Brekke has lived here since the 80's.
 
"What I have an my car is all I have left," says Brekke.

And as those who live here and own businesses here pick up what's left from the fire, it's mementos like this that were saved that will help them start over.

"This is my moms gold coins."

Firefighters were able to save Brekke's precious jewels and 65 year old porcelain doll.

A little bit of light for a dark path that those who live and work here now have.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More than 100 fire fighters were called in to battle a fire in downtown Fergus Falls.

It started about 10:30 Sunday night in an upstairs apartment at 218 West Lincoln. 

Fire officials tell us 4 apartments and 3 businesses were heavily damaged.

At the height of the fire fight 12 different departments were on scene fighting the flames.

One Fergus Falls firefighter was injured during the fire. He broke his arm falling down a flight of stairs.

Five families were displaced from apartments but all got out safely.

Firefighters have not released a cause yet.

Roads around the burned building have been closed because of fears it could collapse.

 

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