Fire damages business on Beltrami Avenue

Three businesses on the 400 block of Beltrami Avenue were damaged by a fire last night.

According to a release from the Bemidji Fire Department, 12 firefighters and several engines responded around 10:30 last night, and found a fire in the ceiling space.

Firefighters encountered high heat but were able to quickly contain and extinguish the blaze.

They were on the scene for about three hours, and no injuries were reported.

The fire caused moderate damage to the business of origin and smoke damage to two adjacent businesses.

The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears accidental, according to the release.

The fire department was assisted by the Bemidji Police Department, Ottertail Power and Bemidji Ambulance.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

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