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Brainerd firefighters didn’t get a lot of sleep after midnight Monday.

Firefighters responded to two calls, the first just after midnight. A second fire call kept firefighters working until 5:47 a.m.

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Firefighters were first called for a general fire alarm at 12:21 a.m. Monday to Bang Printing, 217 Etak Dr. Firefighters investigated and found nothing. They cleared the scene at 12:54 a.m.

At 2:25 a.m. Monday, firefighters fought a garage fire on the 4900 block of Ashley Road in Baxter.

Brainerd Fire Chief Kevin Stunek said the 24- by 30-foot unattached garage was a total loss and the fire caused about $35,000 in damages.

“It was cold,” said Stunek. The temperature was 11 degrees below zero and the dew point was 19 degrees below zero around 3 a.m. Monday. “We had to switch crews every 15-20 minutes.”

Stunek said there were no hydrants in the area so crews used their ladder truck and engine, plus a tanker from the Nisswa Fire Department, to shuttle water from a hydrant on Clearwater Road.

The cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.

Stunek said about 18 Brainerd firefighters were on scene and about nine Nisswa firefighters.

The Brainerd Fire Department had one call Sunday, at 9:42 a.m., on the 17000 block of Dewes Road to check the carbon monoxide levels. Firefighters investigated and found nothing.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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