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Firefighters fight 'extremely hot' conditions in Friday fire

A fire causing heavy black smoke at an outbuilding on the Brainerd Industrial Center property is under investigation. The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 7:59 p.m to a report of a structure fire at BIC in northeast Brainerd. The caller rep...

Emergency personnel respond to a fire at an outbuilding rented by Nisswa Sanitation at the Brainerd Industrial Center Friday in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Emergency personnel respond to a fire at an outbuilding rented by Nisswa Sanitation at the Brainerd Industrial Center Friday in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

A fire causing heavy black smoke at an outbuilding on the Brainerd Industrial Center property is under investigation.

The Brainerd Fire Department was called at 7:59 p.m to a report of a structure fire at BIC in northeast Brainerd. The caller reported a lot of black smoke coming from the building. When law enforcement arrived on scene it was determined the building with the fire was an outbuilding rented by Nisswa Sanitation.

When firefighters arrived on scene they found heavy black smoke coming from the building. Crews made entry and found a garbage truck was on fire within the building. There was no garbage in the truck and the fire appeared to have started near the front of the vehicle. "Conditions were extremely hot for the firefighters and visibility was very low due to the heavy black smoke," Brainerd Fire Chief Tim Holmes stated in a news release. "There was heavy smoke and heat damage to the building and all vehicles inside."

Holmes said the cause of the fire is under investigation with help from the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office, but is not believed to be suspicious.

The dollar loss is not known at this time, but will be in excess of $1 million.

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The Nisswa, Ideal Fire Department and Deerwood fire departments, Brainerd Police Department and North Memorial Ambulance assisted approximately 35 firefighters on scene.

No injures were reported and the building was not occupied at the time of the fire, Holmes stated.

Emergency personnel respond to a fire at an outbuilding rented by Nisswa Sanitation at the Brainerd Industrial Center Friday in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)
Emergency personnel respond to a fire at an outbuilding rented by Nisswa Sanitation at the Brainerd Industrial Center Friday in Brainerd. (Kelly Humphrey, Brainerd Dispatch)

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